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welcomes, handshakes, hugging and kissing   A dinner invitation to someone’s home is a special honour. At the dinner
            on both cheeks, followed by a “How are you?   table it is customary for the hostess to offer additional servings many times
            How is the family? How is your health? How is   and with great insistence. The guest is expected to accept the offer after
            business?” are important rituals. It is expected   several such offers. Dinners are leisurely affairs, to be savoured slowly
            that everyone will inquire after the health and   along with the delicious home-cooked food. Sometimes, guests bring
            well-being of everyone else at first. During   flowers or sweets to such occasions. During a typical after-dinner coffee,
            religious holidays, greetings are even more   tea, candy, cookies, pastries and fruit are served.
            important. Young people visit and kiss the
                                                       In business relationships the whole affair is conducted as a social occasion,
            hands of elderly family members. Every friend
                                                       and completed with greetings and sharing coffee, tea or food and drinks,
            and family is visited in order to renew bonds
                                                       depending on the extent of the business. Even in ordinary shopping a lot of
            and kinship. Children receive pocket money
                                                       personal information is exchanged between the vendor and the customer,
            and gifts, and responsibilities for social charity
                                                       setting the stage for everyone to fulfil their various responsibilities.
            are fulfilled. Like elsewhere, these are joyous
                                                       Bargaining is not a simple game of negotiation between adversarial parties
            occasions. However, celebrations emphasize
                                                       but part of socialization and friendly chit-chat to confirm the non-adversarial
            traditional, social and spiritual aspects, and
                                                       nature of the activity.
            a certain amount of decorum in action and
            appearance is expected from everyone.      Enjoy your stay!

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