In the world there are numerous traditions, moral codes and behavior rules. The tradition is predetermined way of behavior that is mandatory for all members of an ethnic community or culture. Its strength and existence rest on respecting the tradition. It presents a powerful regulator of social behavior of people, and each culture had its system of traditions.
They do not differ just from country to country, but between certain regions within a single state. For those reasons it is good to know those traditions so that you wouldn’t find yourself in a awkward situation when visiting one of those countries. Certain ways of behavior or gestures, that we consider as reflection of goof manners in certain places are not only rude but can lead to unpleasantness and problems with the law. Look at 10 most distinctive way that you can offend someone in another country.
A thumbs up isn’t always friendly. In Iran and part of the Middle East it means “up yours”.
When someone in japan gives you their business card, handle it with care. Putting it in your pocket would cause great offense.
Making a compliment like “I love your couch” in Arab and African nations can make your host feel awkwardly obliged to give you the item.
When drinking in Japan, it is impolite to fill your own glass. You should fill the glass of the person beside you.
In Muslim countries and India it is very rude to use your left hand to eat. The left hand is reserved for bathroom duty.
Going to a dinner party in Argentina? Make sure to be about an hour late, as it’s of greed to be punctual…
Slurping your soup is considered impolite in Western cultures. In Japan it is good manners and shows you’re enjoying your food.
Simply smile to insult someone in Korea. Smiling at the stranger is an indication that you think they’re stupid.
The “okay sign” is very rude in Brazil and Turkey. It signifies a similar shaped part of the human anatomy.
Don’t beckon someone with your finger in the Philippines. It’s considered fit for dogs and is punishable by arrest.