European Culture

Lets explore and learn more about the European culture!

Europe

- The European continent lies north from the African continent. Europe also known is Europa is located in the Western and Northern Hemispheres on the European continent.

Greeting

- Many cultures have different ways of greeting, some people kiss, others hug, shake hands, or just a simple hello is fine. The European culture greet each other with a firm hand shake showing confidence and strength. Although there are many places throughout Europe that a kiss on the check is common when greeting one another. This common practice is usually used after their first meeting.

Things you should know

- Europeans prefer a space distance between 2-6 feet.

- Europeans are very calm they don't rush things and expect thing to take their time. For example they expect their food to take a while to make while at a restaurant.

- Europeans are often annoyed when others have the mentality that all Europeans speak English.

- Europeans are naturally very loud, take in consideration if you ever speak to one, they are not shouting.

- It is important for Europeans to take time to establish trust with others.

Family

There are many different cultures throughout families and all of them are very interesting. In European families it is believed that the eldest person usually has the authority. Parents are to speak for their children. European families are very close, that in fact they prefer to consult with the entire family before make a final decision.

Food!

Europeans have many cultures when it comes to food. Europeans prefer their food to be prepared in a way that is "clean", for example their food should be wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, they prefer disposable plates and silver wear, and prefer disposable utensils. Europeans have a heavy, greasy, and high in salt diet. Also Europeans may fast on Fridays.

Health

Health is a very imprint and dramatic topic when it comes to the European culture. Europeans often become anxious when it comes to illnesses. In European families women play a big and important role in times of illness. European families are very close and they care for each other especially in times of illness, they rarely send ill to an institution. Although if they do if they do go to a healthcare facility and and are assigned a young medical personal, they might dismiss him. Europeans believe that younger medical personals are "too young to know anything" they would dismiss the younger medical professional and ask for an older one with the younger to establish authority. Europeans are highly feared of any procedures that include anything similar to operations or any procedure that relies on the intake on anesthesia. Illness is a crisis to the whole family. Europeans believe that the cause of disease and bad luck is the lack of spiritual and moral cleanliness.

After death

Europeans believe that after death the body may seem dangers until after embalming. After deaths any special item needed in the room should be provided, usually a religious object. If there is a window in the room they should open it to allow the spirit to leave. If any family member is in the process of death or near death they should inform the eldest in authority.

Postpartum

During postpartum Europeans have the believe that women should not cook or touch men for nine days straight, due to birth fluids. During postpartum visiting is kept to a minimum, they fear of bringing spirits and results harm to the baby. If a baby is sick and dies, parents must avoid all cost and may leave the hospital suddenly. Spiritual leaders are usually elder females, they heal with plants and medicines for patient. Europeans believe that people with busy/heavy eyebrows or lots of body hair often have Evil Eye. Also once babies are born they are to wear an amulet.

By: Mayerlin Alpizar