Travel always gives you a chance to learn through experiences, but one thing remains constant: holidays are pretty universal. Now, every culture gifts a little differently, but every culture still celebrates something, and the following will help you understand all of that a little better.
Consider the Spending Time
One thing you should know is when people in various countries do their holiday shopping. If you know a fewholiday spending facts about different countries, it’ll be easier to know when to shop if you happen to be in a specific country during the holidays.
If you are in the UK, then you ought to know that most of their holiday shopping starts around September, so you’ll start seeing deals around the stores. Most people concentrate on furniture, jewelry, and home goods if you are thinking of giving a gift to someone while you are there.
Holidays to Keep in Mind
It is important to learn about the different holidays that exist throughout the world. You should focus on the country where you are so that you can gift the right gifts at the right time.
For example, if you happen to be in a country where there are people who practice Hinduism, then it may be a good idea to find out about the five-day Diwali festival. This is a pretty big deal in this culture, and the most common gifts are clothes, jewelry, and new technology. Those who happen to be in one of the East Asian countries may want to get acquainted with the Chinese New Year.
This is a pretty important holiday there that focuses on good food, travel, and special little red envelopes filled with cash. Giving the gift of cash may seem a little strange, but the reality is that more folks actually prefer cash nowadays no matter which country you happen to be in.
Understanding the Culture of Giving
Gift giving is pretty important, and it has developed differently around the world. You need to learn the customs of gift giving so that you don’t insult anyone. Of course, people from around the world are understanding, so if you make a mistake, it is probably okay, but you should definitely make an effort to do things right.
Learning about customs regarding gifts can be a little difficult, but take your time and you’ll begin to learn, like how in Japan it is important to present a gift using both hands. The gift needs to be beautifully wrapped, and it is customary to open the gift when you are alone.
In China, it is customary to refuse the gift two of three times before finally accepting it. Don’t take this the wrong way; this is just something people do to show manners and to show modesty. If you happen to be in France and you get invited to a dinner, then it is customary to bring a gift, something small that you can give to your host or hosts before dinner.
Usually this could mean chocolates or a wine of some sort to show your appreciation. Those who are in Russia must always try to ensure that the gift is not seen as anything special. It should seem like it’s just a little thing for the house so that the person you are giving the gift to doesn’t feel like he or she is being put on the spot.
These are just some things you can expect now that you are traveling during the holidays around the world. It may be a good idea to talk to locals to see if you can learn a bit more.