Table Manners around the World
“Keep your elbows off the table!”In America, it's common for parents to say this to their children during a meal. That's because eating with your elbows on the table is considered impolite. This isn't the case in every country, though. When it comes to dining, bad manners in one place could be considered good manners in another.
Would you burp loudly at the table after a meal? In many countries, that would be considered rude, but not so in parts of China and in Bahrain. In these places, burping is a sign of appreciation for the food, and thus a polite gesture.
Similar differences can be found in the choice between using or not using a fork. If you're in Mexico, make sure you don't eat your taco with a knife and fork—unless you want others to think you're putting on airs. Eat with your hands, like everyone else. In Chile, European culture is valued, so avoid eating with your hands—even when you have food such as french fries before you. Use a fork and knife instead.