General Etiquette & Protocol Guidlines
- Shake Hands, smile, and maintain direct eye contact during the greeting.
- Wait to be invited before using someone's first name.
- At small social gatherings, your hosts will introduce you to the other guests.
- Say goodbye to each person individually when leaving.
Gift Giving Etiquette
- Gift giving is not an elaborate event.
- If invited to a Cypriot's house, bring a consumable gift such as pastries.
- Do not give white lilies as they are used at funerals.
- Gifts are not opened when received.
If you are invided to a Cypriot's house:
- Shake hands with everyone when arriving and leaving.
- Dress casually but well.
- Offer to help the hostess with preparation or clearing up after a meal is served.
- Complement the house.
- Refusing an offer to drink Greek coffee is considered impolite.
- Table manners are Continental.
- Remain standing until invited to sit down.
- The oldest person and guest of honour are generally served first.
- Do not begin eating until the hostess starts.
- Expect to be offered second and even third helpings.
- If you have not finished eating, cross your knife and fork on your plate with the fork over the knife.
- Indicate you have finished eating by laying your knife and fork parallel across the right side of your plate.