Curious Traditions From Worldwide Dining Tables #infographic


Curious Traditions From Worldwide Dining Tables #infographic

Table manners that you may characterize at home as friendly and proper may come across as unrefined, snobby or rude elsewhere.

All over the world, shared meals are a tradition, so it's no surprise that each nation will have its own take on what's considered the right etiquette.

How much do you know about protocol at home, before we disclose customs abroad? Let's look at the past of table manners very quickly.

People used their hands throughout the Middle Ages to feed. Bread was used to help scoop up food and only knives were used by the rich. The sociologist Norbot Elias said of the period: "One does not put both hands in the dish in good society." Only three fingers of the hand are more refined to use.

Forks were seen as overly polished and effeminate up until the 17th century. Brought over by Thomas Coryate from Italy to England, they were slow to catch on. With ornate designs and costly materials, they were gradually embraced by the rich.

While published in 1861, there is still a shift in some of these laws in some institutions, but most are no longer followed at home.

There's a whole new set of etiquette rules to consider these days. Should you wait until your companion finishes her meal on Instagram before you start? What about leaving the table with your phone?

Plus, without leaving the country, we are now lucky enough to experience a whole range of ethnic foods. The best way to eat sushi is an art in itself, and not all restaurants can give you a knife and fork over chopsticks immediately.

Observing and following is the safest course of action. But if you do make a faux pas, after all, it's only a meal.

If you're off traveling, dining in an ethnic restaurant or just trying to refresh your dinner routine, here are just a few worldwide table types.

Curious Traditions From Worldwide Dining Tables #infographic

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