Etiquette

  • Handshakes Members of the same sex will shake hands when greeting one another, but men will usually wait for a woman to proffer her hand first.
  • Right hand The left hand is traditionally considered unclean, and all public actions (handshakes, eating, offering an item to others) should be performed with the right hand.
  • Dining Traditional Eritrean meals are generally eaten with the hands, though foreigners will often be offered cutlery. When eating from a communal dish, diners should take only the portion that is directly in front of them.
  • Timeliness Notions of timeliness are more relaxed than in many countries, even in a business or professional context.