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19 Remarkable Behaviors which Are Normal in Other Countries.



The thing about living in a new country and truly attempting to understand its culture, language and behavior is that you have to pick up a lot to stand out less and make them feel more comfortable. World is beautiful but without the help of travel, we really would be one-dimensional. The greatest challenge today is accepting that there are differences among us.

Although most people would doubt they experience behavior shock, it happens to all of us. When they visit a new destination they come across rules that they find hard to understand. But on the flip side, many people who travel can agree that they return with an extra appreciation and understanding for another countries behaviors after being able to see and experience things for themselves.

1.No to clinking

1.No to clinking

When Hungary's in 1848 revolution against the Habsburgs was defeated, the Austrians celebrated in Vienna by toasting and clinking their beer.

2.Okay Sign taboo in Brazil.

2.Okay Sign taboo in Brazil.

It’s better not use the OK sign in Brazil. It is considered offensive.

3.Don’t ask for salt in Egypt

3.Don’t ask for salt in Egypt

Asking extra salt in Egypt may offend them.

4.Inemuri in Japan

4.Inemuri in Japan

The inemuri traditionin Japan means to sleep while working and studying. Also, sleeping in other public places is allowed.

5.Sauna beating with brooms in Russia

5.Sauna beating with brooms in Russia

Don’t be afraid if they offer to beat you with a broom or oak branches. It won’ hurt you, on the contrary it will benefit your body and health.

6.Watch your chopsticks in China.

6.Watch your chopsticks in China.

Don’t stick your chopsticks into your rice in China. This is a sign of bad luck.

7.Don’t touch people’s heads and hair in Thailand.

7.Don’t touch people’s heads and hair in Thailand.

It is considered offensive in Thailand. The head is sacred for Thais and any touching is undesirable.

8.Taking a seat in a taxi in Australia and the USA

8.Taking a seat in a taxi in Australia and the USA

If you take a taxi in Australia, then you’d better sit in the front seat. The driver may be offended if you sit in the back. And in the USA, it’s the opposite, it’s better to sit in the back seat, since personal space is important for Americans.

9.Crying before a wedding in China

9.Crying before a wedding in China

Tujia people in China have a special wedding tradition. During the month before the wedding, the bride should cry every night for an hour. Her mother, grandmother, sisters, and aunts should join her over time.

10.Throwing cinnamon at single people in Denmark

10.Throwing cinnamon at single people in Denmark

When a person turns 25 years old and they are still, they are showered with cinnamon.

11.Polterabend in Germany

11.Polterabend in Germany

This custom happens shortly before a wedding when the couple meets with their family and friends. The guests are supposed to bring something porcelain and then break it.

12.Lördagsgodis in Sweden

12.Lördagsgodis in Sweden

Every Saturday is a special day for eating candy in Sweden. This applies not only to children, but also to adults.

13.Hongi in New Zealand

13.Hongi in New Zealand

This is a way of greeting for the Māori people. 2 people press their noses and in some cases their foreheads touch each other.

14.2 birthdays in Spain

14.2 birthdays in Spain

People celebrate their birthday and their name day in Spain.They gather with their family for a celebration. They consider name day to be their second birthday.

15.Monkey Buffet Festival in Thailand

15.Monkey Buffet Festival in Thailand

Annual festival when monkeys are fed with fruits and vegetables. There are thousands of monkeys in the place where the feast is held.

16.2 pairs of slippers in Japan

16.2 pairs of slippers in Japan

Japan is known for its passion for cleanliness. So they have different types of slippers. One pair is used to walk around the house. And the other pair is for the restroom.

17.Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake in England

17.Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake in England

This festival takes place annually at Cooper’s Hill. Participants climb up the hill and wait until a round of Double Gloucester cheese starts to roll down. People rush after the cheese and try to grab it. Whoever reaches the finish line first will get the cheese as a prize.

18.Knocking on wood in Russia

18.Knocking on wood in Russia

It’s customary to spit in order to drive away evil spirits and all bad things of that nature in Russia, and knock thrice.

19.The World Gurning Championship in England

19.The World Gurning Championship in England

championship for the ugliest facial expressions to win the contest.



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