With the widespread use of English in Sri Lanka, it’d be easier to forget that you’re in a country that has a remarkable culture with a unique set of etiquettes. Here’s what you should know about this country’s culture while holidaying at one of the best hotels in Sri Lanka offered by popular chains such as Araliya Hotels & Resorts.
A temple is considered a sacred place by Sri Lankans, regardless of their religion and ethnicity. Travellers should make sure that they dress in modest and light-coloured (white, if possible) clothing when visiting a temple. Footwear must be removed at the entrance of most temples.
Hugging may come naturally to you, but these physical displays of affection or friendship are not popular in the Sri Lankan culture. This depends on which part of the country you are in. In rural areas, you should certainly refrain from hugging the locals.
The unique greeting of Sri Lanka “Ayubowan” is uttered while placing one’s palms together in a praying position. This means “Long Life”. However, in metropolitan areas, you can even use a simple “hello” or “hi” to greet a local.
Worshipping of Elders
In Sri Lanka, elders, and especia;lly monks, are usually worshipped by kneeling down and bowing one’s whole body and head toward their feet. The hands are held in a praying manner and placed close to the forehead.