We all know that we don’t pat the back of a colleague in Korea to thank them for a “job well done”. Or eat with your left hand in India, or sip vodka in Russia. In many countries, these actions are harmless. But in others, they can give a wrong impression or cause offense.
In fact, whatever culture you’re from, it’s likely that you routinely do something that could cause offense somewhere else in the world. So here is:
A primer on how to avoid mistakes in Malta
While a bit reserved, Maltese people are friendly, generous, and helpful in nature. Maltese people tend to speak more loudly than the mainlanders, so they may sound like they are shouting at you even if the volume is normal. Malta is a strictly Roman Catholic country; carousing by tourists, while tolerated to some extent, is not looked on very favourably, especially outside of St. Julian’s and Paceville. Dress respectfully when visiting churches. As a guide, remove any hats and sunglasses and make sure your knees and shoulders are covered. Some churches, especially those on popular package tours, provide shawls and/or skirts for any inappropriately-dressed visitors.
You may be refused entry to a church if there is a service going on that has already started so make sure you arrive promptly if you wish to see them. There is a growing trend of irreligion and homosexuality and sexuality topics such as the “morning after pill” are not the taboo subjects they were twenty years ago.
With this, you had the primer on key facts about Malta, and key facts on culture and customs. Another important part of the culture is the local food and the local drinks. Make sure you read our posts on Malta food and drinks:
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