People all over the world have their own ideas about how and what to eat. Some of them like to eat home-cooked food, some of them buy prepared meals at local supermarkets, but good manners out to be observed.
Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot by Clarence Thomas
Whether you are going to another country on a business trip or just for pleasure, make sure you read these basic tips from MeetnGreetMe about table manners. Hopefully, they will help you make a good impression on your business partners and make some local friends.
Etiquette in Russia
The Russian hospitality knows no boundaries
When you are invited to somebody’s house, don’t be surprised at the amount and variety of food on the table. Russians are very hospitable people and usually offer their guests much more than a normal human being can possibly eat. Make sure you try different dishes to show respect to your host. Do not get annoyed at the fact that Russians will repeatedly offer to refill your plate. If you can’t eat anymore, politely refuse the offer. When you finish eating, ask your host if you could be of any help. As a rule, your offer will be declined, but strongly appreciated.
Dining etiquette is widely respected in Indian culture
India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition by Mark Twain
India is a vibrant mix of cultures, colours, traditions and nationalities. At the same time, it is also one of the oldest civilizations of the world. For this reason, table manners also differ from one part of India to the other. In North India people generally use spoons and forks to eat curry or vegetables. However, when you travel to South India, bear in mind that you should eat with the tips of your fingers (typically, the right hand). Indians are very generous and it is traditional to share food with everyone who might need it. Meanwhile, it is absolutely unacceptable to share the same utensils and glasses while eating and drinking. It is believed that you contaminate the other person’s food and that is regarded offensive. Another interesting thing we’ve found out is that in small towns and villages children are served first, then men are welcome to eat, and ladies in the end. However, in large cities this tradition is not kept and all family members gather around the table together.
British behaviour and etiquette
In England, we have such good manners that if someone says something impolite, the police will get involved by Russell Brand
When you are invited to some a dinner or party, make sure to let your host know whether you will be able to attend or not. Leaving this question open is regarded as impolite and, unfortunately, occurs very often. When at a barbecue or some informal occasion, you are welcome to eat chicken and pizza with your fingers. However, you are expected to use a knife and fork when you are at a business meeting or a formal event.
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