- Manners expected in countries including Chile, USA and UK revealed
- In the Middle East it’s polite to eat your meal in complete silence
- And in Chile you must never ever speak with cutlery in your hands
Don’t arrive on time, never look at someone else’s dinner and always kiss your bread if it is dropped on the floor.
These are just some of the table manners travellers will encounter in countries and regions including Mexico, the Middle East and Afghanistan, according to a new infographic.
Not knowing how to slurp your ramen in Japan or how many flowers to bring your date in Russia can cause embarrassment or even offend locals – but this guide has compiled several warnings to help tourists avoid a faux pas when they sit down for dinner.
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In the Middle East, you’re expected to eat your meal in silence – so don’t start telling everyone about your day
The infographic, which was created by silverware experts Langfords, takes a look at table manners around the world, including Thailand – where you’re better off pretending you’ve left your wallet at home if you’re wealthy, as mealtimes are considered a social event and the richest pays for everyone.
After finishing your meal you should always make sure you remove your chopsticks from your bowl, as many believe in Thailand that it symbolises death if you don’t.
In the Middle East, you’re expected to eat your meal in silence – so you shouldn’t start telling everyone about your day. You should also never pass food with your left hand.
Mexico is all about being late, so make sure you leave around 30 minutes after the time you’re scheduled to turn up. And when you do eventually sit down to eat – don’t start until your host says ‘Buen Provecho’ (enjoy your meal).
You should never spread cheese on your bread in France and it is a sin to speak while holding cutlery in Chile
The interesting infographic also revealed that it is rude to leave your shoes on and make eye contact at dinner in South Africa, that you should never spread your cheese on your bread in France and that it is a sin to speak while holding cutlery in Chile.
In some Inuit cultures of Canada it is an act of appreciation to pass wind after a meal, yet frowned upon to keep your gloves on at the table – no matter how cold it is.
In Afghanistan, you’re expected to kiss your bread if it is dropped on the floor, while in Spain it is rude to dip your bread in your soup.
In Afghanistan, you’re expected to kiss your bread if it is dropped on the floor, while in Spain it is rude to dip your bread in your soup