Etiquette

  • Dress modestly Avoid offence by avoiding tight, sheer, and skimpy clothes.
  • Shoes It's polite to remove shoes before entering homes and places of worship.
  • Photos Best to ask before snapping people, sacred sites or ceremonies.
  • Bad vibes Avoid pointing soles of feet towards people or deities, or touching anyone with your feet.
  • Hello Saying 'namaste' with hands together in a prayer gesture is a respectful Hindu greeting; for muslims say 'salaam alaikum' ('peace be with you'; response: 'alaikum salaam').
  • Head wobble Can mean 'yes', 'no', or 'I have no idea'.
  • Pure touch The right hand is for eating and shaking hands, the left is the 'toilet' hand.