Tuesday, 23 August 2016

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Adam Jacot de Boinod’s  Wide World of Cultures 

  • In Myanmar, it is taboo for a pregnant woman to go to a funeral or visit a cemetery, while in Bhutan passing a funeral is good luck and passing a wedding is bad luck. 
  • Cambodians associate colours with luck or the lack of it: Monday is orange and a good day for spending and not lending money; Wednesday is green and not a good haircutting day; Saturday is black and a bad day to attempt anything too ambitious but a good day for getting in touch with one's ancestry. 
  • Armenians from the former Soviet Union believe that giving an even number of flowers brings bad luck. 
  • Among Latin Americans, the gift of a knife or knives suggests the cutting of a relationship; yet this notion can be blunted by including a coin with the knives. 
  • In Hong Kong, present your gift with both hands. 
  • In the Middle East, a handkerchief suggests tears or parting, and therefore is inappropriate as a gift. 

Adam Jacot de Boinod worked on the first series of BBC Television’s QI for Stephen Fry, and is the author of The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from around the World – Penguin Books, £10.

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