Our world is filled with various nations and even more cultures. Every culture has something unique that you will find in no other place in the world. Our team of experts decided to share some interesting customs they came upon in cultures all over the world. Let’s take a look!
Arrive late to show respect – Chile
Latin America’s residents are known for being somewhat late. Although this may seem as disrespectful by some western countries, most of the South Americans see it as completely natural.
Chile is the best example of how arriving late is actually a sign of respect. If someone invites you over for dinner at 9:00 and you show up on time, this is a clear sign that you don’t respect the host and that you only want to eat as soon as possible. Being late 15 minutes, or even half an hour, is a great thing to do.
Don’t place a full glass after a chin-chin – Russia
Russians have a lot of customs when it comes to drinking. One of them is to avoid putting a full glass down once you salute with your friends. That is only allowed when you go bottoms up!
Also, never toast with an empty glass. It is not only a sign of disrespect, but you will also have to drink an entire bottle afterwards. Anyone who is not a native Russian would probably hit the floor after a couple of shots. Drink carefully!
Place the full glass after cheering – Argentina
The customs in Argentina are opposite when you drink with your friends. Once you cheer, you absolutely MUST put the glass down and then drink it bottoms up. If you don’t place the glass down on the table, you might get cursed never to get laid in your life.
What an exciting event would be to see a Russian and an Argentinian drinking together!
Don’t leave before your boss – Japan
Japanese are not really that much into drinking customs. They are known for some of the habits (which are now customs) that are always work-related. One of them is simply a code that proposes nobody should leave their work before the boss. Legally, they are allowed to do that, but many workers see it as a sign of disrespect. This results in many of them staying for more than 18 hours daily.
Kiss three times on the cheek – Serbia
Kissing is very important when greeting someone you know, and Europeans know that very well. They might appear awkward to the Chinese and Japanese who are not used to physical contact when greeting, but it’s completely normal in Europe – especially in the Balkans.
Serbians have a “holy trinity” belief which means that all of their customs include doing something three times repeatedly.
When you meet someone you are close to in Serbia, you should kiss them three times on the cheek (it is more of a cheek-to-cheek kiss). This type of greeting is also considered formal, and you can see people kissing during various celebrations such as a graduation, for example.
These were just some of the many interesting customs you can find around the world. Make sure to read this website for more similar articles, as we are going to cover other cultures and some unique customs.