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