Sudan Etiquette

Dining etiquette in Sudan is similar to the rules of dining etiquette in other North Africa. Please see Egypt dining etiquette for information about general North African and Arab dining etiquette. The dining etiquette information below presents Sudanese variations on general North African and Arab dining etiquette.

Dining etiquette for men and women. Men and women typically eat apart from each other.

Dining etiquette for eating with your hands. Food is usually eaten with the hands (one reason for the custom of washing hands before and after every meal), and all Sudanese eat with only the right hand.

Dining etiquette for socializing and doing business. Because business and socializing are often the same, visiting people usually occurs in the mid­morning or late afternoon, and visiting, whether announced or not, at someone’s home or place of work is a major way to socialize and do business.

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