13 traditional gifts that are present in other countries
Gift choice — not an easy task. It is important that it not only meets the needs of the recipient, but also was loaded with positive energy, because otherwise you run the risk of inadvertently bring to life a person of trouble and suffering.
Of course, all of this applies to people who believe in omens and superstitions. They in any case do not give clocks, wallets, knives and bouquets with an even number of flowers. But in Italy, for example, it is forbidden to give figures cats and brooches. What other gifts are considered inappropriate in European countries, read our material.
Ivory, a rare and expensive material, which since ancient times is used for the manufacture of ornamental objects and jewelry. Beads, bracelets, charms, earrings ivory are very much appreciated and are a great gift, but... just not in Lithuania. Here it is believed that products made of this material is presented to others only evil people who want them problems and even serious diseases.
In some countries there is a tradition to give the person retires, gold watch. But the poles of this tradition is not maintained. On the contrary, in their opinion, this gift means the termination of friendly relations and the coming tribulations. The same goes for shoes — a new pair of shoes is perceived as a symbol of separation, the alleged recipient of the gift will leave the life of the one who gave it to me.
Lately has become very popular to give for the holidays beautiful handmade soap. On the one hand, it is a practical gift that people will be able to use for its intended purpose. On the other, a variety of designs allow soap to keep it somewhere on a shelf as a souvenir, which even years will not deteriorate and will not lose its flavor.
However, in Sweden a negative attitude. It is believed that soap can "wash away" the friendly relations between the giver and the recipient. The man-the Swede also never give your sweetheart silk handkerchief, otherwise there is a risk that over time the ladies affection to him "erased".
If you decide to give the resident of Switzerland a beautiful pair of gloves, don't be surprised when he will return them back to you. The fact that there gloves symbolize the setback for both sides. Still, you should be careful while choosing bouquets: three red roses the Swiss mean passionate feelings, they can only give the object of passion.
No matter how beautiful you may seem the mirror, don't give it to a resident of Ireland. According to local legend, the mirror is a window into another world. Get it as a gift means to attract trouble.
In addition, the Irishman is unlikely to be happy if he will hand over a handmade article, for example, knitted scarf, sweater or socks. There's no mystical overtones, just in most Irish families are sure to find the person who knows how to knit, therefore, these gifts, nearly all received for the holidays in my childhood.
These amazingly beautiful flowers would love to get a gift for every girl! But the Czechs Calla lilies are associated with mourning ceremonies, so, being in this country, it is better not to buy bouquets of their addition. But unlike residents of many other countries, the Czechs believe it is acceptable to give each other underwear, socks, cosmetic sets, kitchen towels and other practical things.
Many men love knives, and even if they are not in use, happy to collect your own collection with a variety of options that bladed weapons. But the Greeks to give knives is considered bad manners and bad luck. The same goes for the scissors and perfumes.
If you want to please Englishman's tie, choose any other than stripes. Here are the ties initially indicated the affiliation of the troops, but they continued to wear even after retirement. Now striped ties usually choose the field of education. Therefore handed the man a gift, you can cause confusion.
And yet there is not customary to give gifts too expensive. Make a luxurious gift can only parents to their children, in all other cases, it is considered inappropriate.
The Dutch don't like to feel before someone obliged, therefore, an expensive gift in a big box, most likely, will cause negative emotions. Much better to give the Dutchman a modest souvenir, but not in the blue box! Here this is the color of love, so your gift may be considered wrong.
The Spaniards flowers considered present for all occasions, but here you need to follow some rules. For example, don't need to give white lilies or dahlias, and local residents they are associated with funerals. In addition, under the ban bouquets 13th flowers.
We think that a pretty brooch can be a good gift for girls, but the Italians this jewelry is an attribute of the funeral. However, as handkerchiefs. Remember that these two subjects in no case should not give his Italian friends.
And in Sicily there is a curious taboo cats: engaged people are not allowed to give figures, statues and other things with an image of these cute animals. They are believed to portend sudden demise. It is also not recommended to pack gifts in a purple paper as this color symbolizes failure.
In Germany one of the most unfortunate gifts are considered cosmetic sets, clothes, underwear, toiletries, linens, and other "intimate" things. For the wedding here are prohibited to give objects that have sharp shape, for example, umbrellas, knives, scissors and so on — it is considered a bad omen.
In addition, it is not necessary to give the newlyweds a money — it can be seen as an allusion to their financial insolvency, and is a sign of bad taste.
Real French perfume perfect gift for women. But not in France! Here to give the ladies spirits can only husbands or Boyfriends. Besides, you should avoid chrysanthemums and red roses: the first can often be seen in the local cemetery, the second point to the close romantic relationship, therefore, to give them, again, can only the closest people.
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