Sri Lanka - Culture
Older generations in Sri Lanka tend to use the “namaste” greeting which involves palms clasped together as if in prayer at chin level with a slight nod, while younger generations tend to shake hands. Many women will only shake hands with men who are in their family. When visiting religious places or places of worship, people should be modestly dressed and legs and shoulders should be covered. Shoes will need to be removed before entering temples. When visiting homes, a small gift ie a souvenir from home is greatly appreciated.
Sinhala is the main language of the Sinhalese who are the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka. Tamil is a recognised language according to the constitution while English is also spoken.
Buddhism is the most followed religion in Sri Lanka and makes up a 70% majority. Minority religions include Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.
Sri Lanka Travel Information
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