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Among main distinguishing features of Surabaya many travelers admit welcoming and friendly attitude of locals. Indigenous people treat tourists friendly and with a share of curiosity. Anyway, it is required to comply with basic rules of etiquette. The local culture is characterized by its numerous traditions and taboo that may seem obscure to foreign guests. Every traveler should keep to that rules.
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For example, locals consider touching the head to be one of the greatest insults. This rule of conduct is related to people of all ages, so don’t pet children in a way that may be common in many other countries. According to local tradition, the left hand is considered wicked, so all the important steps and gestures have to be made with the right hand.
It is prohibited to pass money and food with your left hand, as well as to touch your ​​companion; it can cause resentment of natives. During a walk through the city streets you can see that there is always a relaxed atmosphere even in very busy and crowded places. The fact is that on the street and in public places one should be quiet; public express of anger or joy is simply not accepted here. Surabaya is a large and modern city, which is no stranger to some European features. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Local people have stopped paying attention to the appearance of tourists who often appear in public places in rather colorful and extravagant clothes. Those who wish to show respect for local traditions and culture have to consider their outfit. It’s better to go for a walk in a classic dress of light colors, as visitor in bright and open outfit mayn’t be allowed to enter some restaurants and public places.
KDs World Tour: Surabaya Culinary traditions also differ with an abundance of very interesting features. According to an old tradition, during a meal it isn’t customary to use cutlery, and many locals prefer to eat with fingers of their right hand. Before and after the meal, fingers are washed in a special bowl filled with water and lemon juice. Of course, in all modern foreign restaurant guests can use traditional cutlery, but without a knife, as locals consider it to be a symbol of aggression.
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Surabaya

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Surabaya. Learn the best periods to visit Surabaya to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Surabaya.
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