Curious dinner table customs from around the world

“Sit up straight, don’t put your elbows on the table.”

If you’re like me, then table manners were something that we were taught at a young age. However, your dinner table etiquette at home might come across as unrefined, snobbish or even rude in other countries.

For example, did you know that you should keep both hands above the table instead of on your lap when at a dinner table in France? Or that it’s considered bad luck to stick your chopsticks in your food in Japanese culture?

Shared meals are a ritual all over the world, so it’s no wonder that every country has its own take on what they consider proper dining etiquette. In the following infographic by vacation rental website Wimdu, they highlight 10 curious customs from dinner tables around the world. Some you might be aware of—others not so much.

Learn more fascinating table manners and avoid committing any dining faux pas the next time you’re overseas with the infographic below:

Infographic: 10 Curious customs from dinner tables around the world

These days, there’s a whole new set of etiquette to consider that I never had to contend with: Should you wait until your companion has finished Instagramming their meal before starting? What about leaving your phone on the table?

For more customs or etiquette from around the world, check out different handshakes or other crazy facts.


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  2. Carolyn Hiatt

    Nice Post.

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