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The subject of funerals is almost taboo- people generally will avoid talking about them.
t is customary to give flowers in even numbers, usually calla lilies or chrysanthemums, tied in purple ribbon.
It is also common to put in the coffin some money or things the dead liked the most. You do not present gifts to the family of the deceased.
Funeral attire is the same as in the U.S.- black formal wear.
Like in most of the ceremonies in Slovakia (wedding, Christmas dinner, funerals), the event starts with a prayer, celebratory drink where there is always someone (close family, relative) who proposes a toast. Then there is usually 1 course-meal, dessert and coffee served.
The majority of Slovakia is Roman Catholic so most funerals have a memorial service with hymns, prayers, eulogies, and comforting words from a pastor. Whoever wants to say some last words to the decreased goes up and speaks (this is done in the church or funeral home or burial site).
"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust" is also used in Slovak funerals but in Slovak: Popal na popal, Prach na prach.
In general, after the funeral close relatives go to a restaurant to eat and drink alcohol, coffee.
Facts and Trivia:
In Slovakia ham is not considered a meat. In menus dishes containing ham will be listed under the vegetarian choices.
When you finish your meal, place your utensils in the 4:20 position as if your plate were a clock. This indicates to the waiter that you are finished with your meal.
When paying you will be told the amount of the bill and you should respond with how much you intend to pay with. (i.e. A bill comes out to
€18.75 and you respond €20.00
Make sure to bring change to the bathroom, usually you need to pay a small amount to use them. (Toilet paper costs extra for men.)
Bus etiquette: When an elder or someone with small children get on a bus you should give your seat to them. If there's a woman with a carriage, you should help her get on the bus.
Traffic: Speed limits are not usually followed, honking is used in lieu of brakes, and at crosswalks cars will not always stop for pedestrians- watch out!
Leave your shoes outside when entering someone's home. They will usually offer you slippers to wear in the house.
"Ladies first" does not apply in Slovakia- men should always enter an establishment first. Tis is so if there's a fight inside the restaurant of bar the man can protect the woman.
When calling always state who is calling first.
Theaters will have assigned seating and even if the theatre is empy you will be required to sit in your assigned seat.
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