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Rules of etiquette for a holiday in Bali

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Although it is a modern Western island, Bali is still a place in which people respect their culture and mentality of ancestors. If you are going to travel to Bali, it would be good to keep in mind some rules of etiquette liked to impress the locals with whom you come in contact.

Clothes, your gestures and a few superstitions of the region, which up to them without deviation, are the main rules of etiquette for a holiday in Bali.


Dress modestly

Locals in Bali are quite conservative, especially in terms of how you put in front of them. Although it is perfectly normal and accepted by them sit in a bathing suit on the beach, as well as when you go on the street or when lunch (even at a restaurant near the beach) to have a decent behavior and not only wearing a pair of briefs and a very low-cut shirt.

Also, when visiting temples in Bali is required to wear clothing that covers your shoulders, arms and legs. The rule applies both in women and in men.


Do not offer and do not touch anything with your left hand

Residents of Bali believes that the left hand is used mainly for hygiene purposes and that it is not appropriate to touch someone or offer something with it.

It is best to use only his right hand, or both, just in case you have to teach something heavy, difficult to handle.


Do not point the finger

Although this is generally true of any place where you are in Bali this rule is more important: if a villager is shown or called with the index finger, feels insulted.

It is best to find another option to indicate someone or call someone to you, palm stretched and oriented horizontally as an alternative.


Do not touch anyone's head

Balinese believe that the soul of a man is in his head, which is why touching is prohibited in the area. You will not see anyone patting his child on the head, not even as a jest.


Avoid stepping over Cananga

Cananga jump packs are made of palm leaves, flowers and an herb called betel, made by locals and placed on the streets, stairs and even in homes or restaurants. These are offerings to the gods, and if you step on them, even by mistake, you'll make a big offend the locals.