Cultural Differences USA-Germany-India - 31 May 10

31 May 2010  League City, United States of America

Category: Western culture

Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop

I wrote yesterday already about the cooking workshop that we had with so many people. It was really lots of fun. We had a smaller group for cooking and then many more who come only for food. So when all the dishes were prepared, everybody filled his plate and we spread in the dining room and the living room as well as at the kitchen table until everybody had found a place.

And then somehow it was a little bit funny for the three of us to see, some people were done and got up and left the house. They said goodbye to one or two people and left. We had to laugh about this and decided that this might be a cultural difference. For us it seems very impolite to leave while others are still eating but nobody else seemed to mind. Several people left, others stayed and we had a nice talk after the food before we officially said good-bye to people.

I guess this is cultural difference. If you compare this with Germany, we believe this would not happen and has never happened in any workshop yet that people left the house while the house owner was still eating. Some said good-bye to Joanne while she had the plate full of food and the spoon in the hand. In Germany it is custom to wait with anything until everybody has finished eating.

In India it is again a little bit different. You cannot even think of disturbing anybody who is eating. You would not talk to that person because eating is so important. We joked and said that Indians would then rather sit around in your house for another five hours before leaving. However they would not mind if you went into your room and to bed either. These are cultural differences. We decided that as travellers you need to have an open mind and heart. You always keep seeing differences and then adopt the best parts of each culture.
 

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This was an interesting read. I am in the U.S. A. I had the opportunity to participate in a You are invited to Thanksgiving Dinner charity event. The dinner was provided and served by committee members (my sister and her daughters are members) who also partook of the meal. Some of the diners ate and left...others stayed and fellowshipped, ... See Morerealized that they were part of a family gathering. It truly is all about love being out poured and all of us realizing when we are being embraced by love. It is then that we participate in the oneness that is our creation. One world, One people, The children of GOD.

Reply By Renetta A Hunter Land on July 20, 2010 05:14


Different indeed. In America we've grown up with the idea that around the dinner table is the time to catch up on what everyone did that day. For some of us it is the ONLY time we get to talk.

Reply By Scott Farber on July 20, 2010 05:12


My challenge would be more to be silent during eating. ;-) But I've learned from you visit to our house to concentrate more on the meal itself again!

Reply By Hans-Christian Vom Kolke on July 20, 2010 05:07


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