Each country has its own culture, its traditions, and obviously its ways of behaving. Very often they differ from those of other countries, and in some cases, the habits and customs can collide. In this article, you will have the opportunity to enter the world of cultures and learn first-hand about some of the most particular customs on the planet. Ahead!
Due to cultural differences, when traveling or being in another environment it is necessary to be very careful with the acts, in order not to humiliate the locals or not respect them. In order for you to enjoy a carefree vacation, in this article, I offer you a list of different habits that are carried out around the world, which knowing them will surely allow you to adapt as much as possible to the country of destination.
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Russia – Colorful Flowers
Has a traditional Russian family invited you over for tea at home? It is very common to make gifts for parties as well as when visiting, pay attention to this rule of Russian society, you will be very interested in your idea is to bring flowers of thanks. In Russia, flowers are only given in odd quantities, why? it is simply a rule, and even bouquet of flowers would be given only at funerals, and therefore the even number is associated with mourning.
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Now you know that you should give an odd bouquet of roses to your loved ones, but be careful with the yellow color. Since in Russia it is strongly associated with infidelity and latticework.
In addition to the flowers, in Russian family gatherings, there are always long conversations with diners. And almost a toast is made for every.
India – A Caste Based Society
Could you imagine living in a caste society in which each person is treated differently depending on age, sex, occupation, or religion? In India, this is a reality! Along with the emergence of Hinduism, the separation of society by caste was also born, all people are associated with a caste / social class from the moment of their birth that will depend on the family, partner, occupation, or place of residence. This system is even riskier in rural areas of the country.
Castes in India depend on family, partner, occupation or place of residence
Different social classes have very little to do with each other, except during the Holi Festival. When people from different classes come together to enjoy the power of colorful powder. Among colored powders, they are all perceived equal, and the caste society is forgotten for several days.
If you are invited to a family in India you must take into account certain courtesies: either in a sacred place or in the house of an Indian, you will have to take off your shoes. And when it comes to food there are also manners that you should know beforehand: many Indians are vegetarians for religious reasons, some animals like cows, elephants, monkeys, or even rats are sacred animals, and it is very common to eat by hand! never with the left!
Japan – From shoes to obeisances
One of the most important customs in Japan is the ritual of greeting: when greeting the Japanese, visitors should bow in front of your host. In the event that this practice is not carried out, the host will consider the fact a symbol of humiliation. When you access a house in Japan, it is also essential to take off your street shoes, since the Japanese are very meticulous and want their houses to be always impeccable. This fact could be a bit extravagant for Europeans, but in Japan, even the house slippers have to be changed once the bathroom is accessed if you have read it correctly! In Japan almost the entire population has an extra pair of slippers to go to the bathroom, this rule that might seem a bit curious has actually a whole logic since the Japanese perfectly differentiate between “pure” and “impure” places.
Rules of behavior at the tables in China
Anyone planning a trip to China should be warned that the rules of behavior at the table are very strict and different from ours. Surely you have already heard that in China it is usual to sip and make sounds when eating, and this is because they believe that if there is no noise when eating it is because the food is not rich, it’s that simple! In Spain I would be unthinkable, for us, good table manners are a sign of respect and courtesy.
If there is no noise when eating in China, it is a sign that the food does not taste good
If you finish the whole plate it means that you are still hungry and that you want more, so always try to leave a little food on your plate if you don’t want to roll away. Don’t be afraid to spit on Chinese soil either, as this practice is considered 100% normal, however, on the occasion of the Beijing Olympics the government tried to avoid spitting so as not to scare foreign guests, with little success as For the Chinese, not spitting is very unhealthy.
Great Britain – Rules in Pubs
In the pubs of Great Britain to be able to get the drinks, you have to go directly to the bar, otherwise. It is very likely that you are waiting a long time to be served. Likewise, it is also important to be precise when ordering and knowing exactly the drink you want, that is, that you cannot just say “one beer” but that you must say what type of beer you want. It is essential to keep in mind that as soon as you have the drink you will have to pay for it. And be careful, the bartender never receives a tip! You may find this article interesting in which countries tip is left.
Thailand – A colorful tradition in Thailand
In Thailand, there is a custom with unique characteristics: a tradition from Hindu mythology in which each God is associated with a certain planet and color, which are assigned for each day of the week. The colors are: yellow for Monday, pink for Tuesday, green for Wednesday, orange for Thursday, blue for Friday, purple for Saturday and red for Sunday, however, the inhabitants of Thailand do not always dress according to the assigned colors. Another curiosity, in Thailand the Royal Family is highly respected. Any type of derogatory comment is against the law and even has a prison sentence!
Ghana- Don’t look into the eyes
Did you know that in Africa it is particularly polite not to look directly into the eyes of the person with whom you are talking? Avoiding eye contact is very respectful, especially for older people. In general, African media is very interesting: the natives. For example, show interest in the other sex through their pearl jewelry, whose characteristics and colors send messages depending on their shapes and presentations.
Australia – A false hand signal can have consequences.
Did you know that the symbol of “victory” also has some other meanings? It is often used as a winning symbol and represents peace. Although in some countries it can also symbolize an insult. So you must be very careful with this gesture. In Australia, for example, the symbol of victory means the same thing as in Spain it would mean to teach the middle finger, obviously, then it totally means the opposite of peace.
USA – Alcohol in public spaces
Drinking a cold beer after working outdoors may sound perfectly normal to us. However, in other countries, the story is completely different. As in the United States, where the authorities do not allow drinking alcohol on the street. In the event that you walk on public roads with alcohol in hand. It is very possible that you will receive shocking looks from the rest of the passers-by. This fact, but also happens in Russia and Poland, where the consumption of alcohol on public roads is strictly prohibited.
Yes or no? Which one do you prefer?
Be careful! Here you can get confused very quickly. As is well known, yes and no do not have the same meaning in all countries. In Bulgaria, for example, shaking your head from left to right means “yes” and nodding means “no”, which is why the country often experiences a large number of misunderstandings between locals and foreign tourists. The situation is similar in India and Pakistan. And even in Ethiopia, they throw their heads back to say ‘yes’. However, in the Arab countries, in Greece, Turkey, and southern Italy, this movement means the exact opposite.