Everyone loves to be the one of the receiving end of a gift. While the one that has to buy the gift hates to be on the other side of it because of many reasons. Nevertheless, the art of giving gifts is something that everyone enjoys being a part of. And there are indeed many traditions followed in different countries with regards to this practice. Here are some of them.
With a country that has the largest number of people living in it, the Chinese doesn’t formally celebrate a person’s birthday until they reach the age of 60 and when they do so then anyone planning to gift a Chinese something for his or her birthday could always go with a bouquet of tulips or any other kind of flower. However, be sure to avoid gifting anything in four as it is believed to be bad luck because the number four in Chinese is as similar as the word “death”. Children that receive a red envelope believe that touching it for seven days in a row while leaving it under their pillows, would bring them good luck!
In India culture and traditions are everything. And so according to these traditions, gifting something, receiving money and even touching with the left hand is frowned upon and such acts should only be done with the right hand. In addition to that in India although other countries may look down on odd numbered gifts and whatnot, they actually believe odd numbers are better than even. And so if you are planning on getting down some flowers ordering HK to be delivered, stick with an odd number in the bunch.
Japan is one developed country that still has a lot of culture and traditions playing a major role in all acts, even in the art of gift giving. The Japanese believe according to their gifting giving guidelines, that for a gift to be accepted, it should first be rejected at least three times. In addition to that every way on the 14th of March, men ought to return three times the value of the gifts they have received.
Well out of all the countries mentioned here, this is a country that isn’t very big on giving gifts. And so usually people living this country don’t really receive gifts from one another. Even thank you cards and such aren’t that popular either, although the American Jews do exchange gifts during Hanukah.
There are other traditions as well by many other countries and in case you are visiting locals in such countries during particular holidays, you might want to do your homework on their attitude towards this art of gift giving, to play things safe!