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Explore The World: 9 Cultural Tips You Didn’t Know

So many countries have cultures and customs that we, in our home countries, might find odd or even weird at times. However, this doesn’t diminish how important these customs can be for those residing in these countries and not knowing about them can lead to some awkward encounters for you. Below are some of the best unknown cultural customs that you need to know about before jetting off to unlock the world.

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#1 The Dreaded No. 4…

The number four is considered unlucky since it's pronunciation is similar to the Japanese word for death, you will see buildings that do not have a 4th Floor they simply skip it in the numbering, so if you are giving someone a gift in Japan make sure it doesn't have four in the name or packaging, it can be seen as a bad omen.

Contributor: Michael Satterfield from

#2 Danish Cemeteries

While most of us think of cemeteries as quiet and maybe even spooky, in Denmark it’s common for locals to spend a summers afternoon hanging out and socializing in cemetery grounds.

Contributor: Caleb Backe from

#6 Fijian Greetings

When visiting a village or attending a Sevusevu Ceremony, there are rules of which the visitor should also be aware. One should never wear sunglasses or a hat, and never touch the head of any villager including children, as all is a sign of great disrespect.

Contributor: Missy Johnston from

#7 Beautiful Works Of Art From Central America

Alfombras de Aserrín are impressive works of art that resemble carpets made of different colored sawdust. They are created by devout Catholics around the country but mainly in Comayagua, Santa Bárbara, and Copán. The carpets, which are usually laid out on main streets of the cities mentioned above, show images of important passages from the Bible, as well as passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The carpets are put together and displayed throughout Holy Week.

Contributor: Lara Henriquez from

#8 No Tipping In Samoa

In Samoa, it is considered offensive to tip people. The thought behind that is that the person who received the tip now feels obliged to return the favor and this may not be within their means. In a deeply stratified culture, this is quite key. Same goes for bargaining, quite frowned upon since it creates a favor that may not be repaid.

Contributor: Avichai Ben Tzur from XDAYSINY.COM

#9 No Public Eating, Please

Eating, even nibbling on a treat, is meant to remain inside a restaurant or the confines of your home. It is extremely poor etiquette to eat while walking or traveling on the train. Drinking water, however, is permissible. Good thing in the heat and humidity of this time of year.

Contributor: Jennifer Durrant from

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