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Mind Your Manners: 10 Dining Customs From Around the World

Features & Advice | Barry Kaufman | September 30, 2015

Mind Your Manners: 10 Dining Customs From Around the World

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There are some people for whom table manners come easily. They handle their meal with sophistication and grace, never once letting an errant slurp pass their lips, and they could tell you exactly which fork goes with exactly which course.

If you are one of those people, we have bad news for you. In your travels, you’re going to find that tables around the world do not all play by the same set of rules. One culture’s good manners is another culture’s faux pas.  

Using your fork to eat asparagus? Not in England you don’t. Think you’re merely saluting your hosts by clinking your beer stein together? Try it in Hungary and you could have an international incident on your hands.

There is hope for your international dinner party, however, thanks to the following infographic from Whether you’re dining in Europe, Asia or the Americas, there are picayune rules dictating every meal. Here are a few you should definitely know before you travel.

Infographic courtesy of


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