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    Thai VS English Customs
    POSTED BY Thai Terre | March 10, 2015
    The Thai Terre restaurant staff have been thinking recently about tradition, customs and politeness, and how easy it is to give offence by accident. We’ve learned a lot about English manners – no doubt with a few bumps along the way, but we’re sure you’ll forgive us – and thought it was about time we shared not just Thai food and our restaurant with you, but a little of our culture as well. In Western culture it is traditional to shake hands with someone as a mark of respect – historically it showed that you were not holding a weapon. This may not be relevant today, particularly in East Dean, yet it is still a big part of British culture. In Thailand, instead of shaking hands you would offer the wai. This would be initiated by the junior person: a child to a parent; an employee to their employer; a younger person to an older person or a guest to their host. It is performed by placing the palms of your hands together with your fingers pointing upwards (as if you are praying), then bowing your face to touch your fingertips. While doing this, a man will say the words ‘sawatdi khrap’, while a woman will say ‘sawatdi kha’, which loosely translates as ‘well-being’...
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