How different cultures interpret how we eat and how it feeds into polite etiquette can be fascinating. For example, in Japan you should never cross, lick, or stick your chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice as all of these are considered to be rude. You should also never tip when dining out as this is also considered rude. If you were dining out in the US, the opposite would be true!
In Russia, leaving a small amount of food on your plate indicates to your host that they have provided ample hospitality and you should also never get up from the table until you are invited to do so. In India, you would not use utensils such as forks and knives to eat, but would be eating with your hands instead. However, you would only eat with your right hand and you would never waste food as it is considered a sign of great disrespect to do so.
While there can be a complex set of dining rules that apply depending on which country you are in, taking the time to do a little bit of research in advance can make all the difference and will be appreciated by your host. For an illustrated look at the proper dining etiquette required of some countries, see this infographic created by The Dunloe Hotel.
More about The Dunloe: Considering a family weekend break or an extended family holiday at The Dunloe is a must when you are planning your next holiday to Co. Kerry and you want to bring your children along. The South West of Ireland offers an abundance of outdoor activity options for you and your family. The Dunloe overlooks the Gap of Dunloe near Killarney, Co. Kerry, and it is an excellent accommodation choice that caters to parents and their children. In fact, The Dunloe is one of the premium five star hotels in Ireland that serves the family market.