Maltese Culture

Etiquette

Basic Etiquette

  • People tend to dress formally and modestly.
  • Hats should be removed when entering a person’s home or a church.
  • Maltese typically have a relaxed approach towards timekeeping and punctuality. This is commonly referred to as ‘island time’.


Visiting

  • Many Maltese enjoy socialising in each other’s homes.
  • An invitation into someone’s home for tea or dinner is considered a special and non-routine occasion.
  • It is considered polite to arrange a visit in advance.
  • Hosts will generally offer a drink and light refreshments (cakes, biscuits or sandwiches) to their guests.
  • If invited to a meal, guests often bring a gift of wine, chocolate or flowers.


Eating

  • To indicate one has finished their meal, the fork and knife are placed parallel on the plate.
  • Most families eat meals together. This varies depending on school and work commitments.
  • Breakfast and lunch are often light meals.
  • Dinner is the largest meal of the day and often contains numerous courses. 
  • Hands should be kept above the table.


Gift giving

  • Gifts are normally open in front of the giver when received.

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