Customs & Rituals

Things You Do In The Western World That Are Considered Weird In Other Places

In the US we do hundreds of things every day we believe to be universal. These actions seem so natural it's hard to think someone in another part of the world would consider them weird Western customs. But people in other cultures and societies are mystified by some of the rituals and actions we view as standard - even kissing, which surely everyone loves, right?

You might already be aware of some of the phrases and gestures considered rude in foreign countries, or how bathrooms function very differently elsewhere around the world. But you might not know about the things Westerners do that other people around the globe deem flat-out bizarre. If you're traveling abroad or hosting visitors from other countries, consider this list a guide to behaviors that might signal a red flag, or easily identify you as a weird Westerner. 

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