| #1 (permalink) Fri Jun 11, 2010 14:38 pm Customs and traditions
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When people move to another country, some of them decide to follow the customs of the new country. Others prefer to keep their own customs. Compare these two choices. Which one do you prefer? Support your answer with specific details.
People from foreign nations usually have different customs, habits and even behavior. Sometimes it is quite hard to decide, whether one should keep the traditions of the native country, or follow the customs of the place, where he or she is going to live. From the one hand, maintaining the traditions is the essential part of any culture; however, some of them might seem too strange for the people of other countries. If I moved to the different place, I would prefer keeping those traditions, which cannot hurt the other people.
From one point of view, we are used to our traditions and we love some of them. For instance, in my country there is a custom "masletitsa", which I like very much. It is a funny holiday, when we say "good bye" to the winter and meet the spring. This day we cook pancakes, burn "maslenitsa", which is a big straw doll, and ask forgiveness to each other. I think other countries celebrate it too, but even if they do not, I think it is not a problem to keep it anywhere else.
On the other hand, some traditions may be strange, and people from the other country may think, that you do not respect their culture. As I know, for example, some Asian countries do not shake hands, greeting to each other. Others think that looking at the eyes during the conversation is also a very bad way of behavior. If I know about such specific features, I will never do these things in their country so that be polite.
In my opinion, it is better to find a compromise. Some customs may be clear to the people of another country, others may cause misconceptions. I personally suppose that I must respect traditions of a place, where I am just a guest. I love some customs and traditions of my country, but I will keep them only if I am sure, that they are not looked too unpleasant or offensive to others.
In conclusion, both these positions have their advantages and disadvantages, but I think that, during the life abroad, it is better to think well before doing something I am used to in my homeland.
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