How to gain respect in Sri Lanka
How to gain respect in Sri Lanka.There are several customs that, especially for Western travelers, would take a touch of getting won’t to
It is customary to get rid of shoes and wear respectful attire (i.e. no miniskirts, tank tops, shorts, etc…) when visiting temples. it’s also the custom to get rid of shoes before entering a home, though this is often not as strictly followed as in places like Japan.
Never touch or pat Buddhist monks, including younger monks and youngsters who practice at a temple.
Do not display tattoos that depict Buddha. this will be considered highly insulting in Sri Lanka, albeit acceptable in other Buddhist countries and regions. Arrest and deportation are realistic scenarios.
Do not turn your back to a Buddha statue while within an inexpensive distance. This includes asking for photos, where you ought to not make arm or body contact with the statue. it’s advisable to photograph a Buddha statue with all persons facing towards it (as observing it), instead of posing alongside.
Public nudity is against the law in Sri Lanka – nude/topless sunbathing and thin dipping should be avoided, except within the private beach resorts which permit it.
Although much latitude is given to tourists, it’s more polite to use your right when handing money and little objects, etc… in fact you’ll use both hands for something big and/or heavy.
Be respectful to monks. There’s no particular etiquette for Westerners – just be polite. Always give them a seat on a crowded bus (unless you’re disabled or very elderly).
It is highly controversial to debate politics, particularly the Sinhalese/Tamil divide or the LTTE. The 26-year war which led to 2009 saw thousands of attacks throughout the country, including suicide bombings and massacres which have killed many politicians and civilians on each side alike.
No photography of sensitive locations (inside and outside), and inside shopping malls and tea factories (outside OK). Be especially careful in Fort, Colombo (except on the beach). If soldiers are guarding something, it probably shouldn’t be photographed. Don’t believe signs alone, as sometimes they’re old or missing. for instance, one end of a bridge may have a “No Photography” sign, but not the opposite.
Seemingly innocuous public displays of affection between lovers like kissing and/or hugging could also be culturally frowned upon because it is taken into account to be private behavior but it’s acceptable in functions and establishments designated for adults like nightclubs, casinos and beach parties. Much lenience is given to foreigners and holding hands and public affection between parents and their children isn’t frowned upon.