Each country stands out for its personal, unique flavor. Sometimes things that seem somehow wild to us are commonplace for a resident of another country and do not cause surprise.
Here are just the most interesting traditions of different nations.
1. In China, they have a very bad attitude to the number 4. The Chinese avoid it literally in everything. On the license plates of cars, on the signs of shops and even in the elevator, in the list of floors - this number is nowhere to be found. This is all because 4 means bad luck and even death. People in China take the tradition of avoiding this figure quite seriously.
2. In India, there is a popular tradition of throwing a child from a tall building. It is believed that this will bring good luck to the baby in the future, as well as strengthen his health and spirit. Sounds creepy, doesn't it? However, everything is not so scary. Downstairs the child is caught by trained people.
3. When visiting a Greek, you should not start praising paintings, vases or other attributes of the owner. The fact is that in this case, the owner will have to give you this item, which is unlikely to be happy.
4. Kenya also has an unusual tradition. For complete understanding in the family, within a month after the wedding, the husband is obliged to wear women's clothes and accessories, as well as to do all the women's work. It is believed that this is how a man can feel the importance of the work and efforts of his wife.
5. In Japan, traditionally it is not customary to shake hands when meeting. This is bad form. It would be much more appropriate to make a small bow towards the other person.
6. How in Denmark can you understand that there is a birthday person in the house? It's very simple. It is customary for residents of the house to hang a flag out of the window in such cases. Very practical, don't you think?
7. Thais destroy all our notions of funerals. There, it is customary for the deceased to call a stripper during the farewell ceremony. It is believed that a girl, with her dance, sends the deceased to another world in a good mood.
8. The attitude towards flowers in China is exactly the opposite of ours. They associate fresh flowers with death and present them to the deceased, since such plants will soon die. But artificial flowers, on the contrary, are usually given to living people for the holidays, since artificial flowers are a symbol of eternity and immortality.
9. When traveling in India, you most likely will not find toilet paper in the restrooms. Instead of it, with a high probability, there will be a container with water. It is believed that paper causes blockages in pipes and is therefore not practical.
10. When visiting the Chinese, it is considered good form to "chomp" as loudly as possible. This will be a clear indication that you liked the food. Best praise for a Chinese hostess.