Must Obey Certain Local Traditions and Common rules
Must Obey Certain Local Traditions: We are all well aware of the facts that while visiting a foreign country, we must obey certain local traditions and common rules. Common and harmless desire in our country could mean something completely different in another country. What may seem natural and normal in one country may be illegal in another country. We are here to discuss various things you should refrain from doing in different nations.
Chile: Never eat anything with your fingers. Manner is given the most important place in this country.
Singapore: Be careful with fines. It is prohibited to feed birds, spit and throw any trash onto the street or eat on public transportation. Never drink in public they’ll fine you.
Philippines: Never make a negative remark about anything, Filipino in general especially over the internet. Never take the last piece on the table until someone offers it to you.
Korea: When handing things over to people, especially the Koreans hand them over with two hands. It’s a sign of respect.
Germany: Never do the Nazi salute nor have the symbol on you. It’s a crime and tourists are arrested for it. Never point your finger to your head, it indicates you’re crazy. Don’t ever place your hands in your pocket while talking to anyone, it is considered impolite.
Malaysia: Never run your fingers through one’s hair, especially babies. It is considered to be the most sacred part of the body. Don’t wear shoes when you enter someone’s home.
In Japan and other countries in the East, it is customary to take off your shoes and hat. The Japanese will often give you a pair of slippers to take you from the front door to their living room where they should be removed before your step on the tatami, the red mat. Be careful always wear a clean sock.
Dubai: Never carry alcohol openly in public, never drink, smoke or eat publicly during Ramadan. Turn down all music and noise during daily prayers. Public displays of affection such as kissing are not allowed in places like Dubai. And sex outside marriage is illegal in the whole of the UAE. One couple who made love on a Dubai beach faced six years imprisonment.
Newzealand: Don’t mix up Aussies and Kiwis, you will definitely be corrected. Never make jokes about Rugby” The Lord of the Rings’ or the Queen of the United Kingdom. New Zealanders take these things seriously. Don’t be surprised to see a lot of barefoot people.
Mexico: Don’t take thing too personal. Mexicans love making jokes and never miss a chance to do so. Local people will highly appreciate your attempts to speak their language or even engage with their tradition.
North Korea: Never speak to any local apart from the agent assigned to you. Don’t click picture without your agent’s permission.
Norway: Never honk, it’s a rude gesture, never try to bargain prices that are considered fair, never overstep personal touch, they’re not too big on that. Never honk. You can do it only in an emergency. So your unnecessary beeping could cause drivers to panic.
France: Don’t forget to say hello to France. Bonjour Madame Monsieur should be the first word when you meet anyone. Otherwise, you’re obviously showing you feel the person is beneath you.
Resting your foot on your knee and bearing your sole is an insult if it happens in Singapore, Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Thailand.
India: Never use your left hand, the left hand is regarded as unclean. One must always use the right hand to greet someone, exchange money or pick up anything.
Always be sure to research the customs of any country before you visit.