Did you know that in Guatemala, while hailing a taxi, a larger hand motion indicates a larger distance needing to be traveled? Guatemala has many interesting cultural gestures like this, as well as delicious foods, unique greetings, and many different clothing styles.
Some other cultural Guatemalan gestures are that when people greet each other, they wave their hand down and inward. It is considered to be an insult to point a finger or hand at someone. Instead, Guatemalans purse their lips and look in a certain direction to indicate something. People also tend to stand relatively close when speaking to one another.
Most Guatemalans eat 3 meals a day, unless they are poor. A small breakfast is usually eaten in the morning, and the main meal is eaten midday. A light dinner is then eaten around 7 pm. Tortillas are a popular food that is eaten at many meals and also sometimes used for a utensil. Beans are also a popular food as well as coffee and sweetbreads. After a formal meal, the guests thank the host by saying "muchas gracias," and then wait to be offered more food. When offered, it is polite to decline one time and then accept the second helping, and also to completely finish it.
American and European styles are commonly worn in Guatemala, but they also have some cultural clothing of their own. Clothing worn in rural areas often consists of outside dress, such as work boots, large belt buckles, and other western-style clothing. The faja is a very popular item for Guatemalans, a woven belt warn by both genders. Overall, clothing is very important culturally, is often very colorful, and usually describes a person's social status.