Hat Cultures and Local Customs

In England, you can see that many social customs have something to do with hats. If a male guest visits his friend, he must take off his hat when he enters the room. If you go to dinner with relatives and friends, you should not only take off your hat when you enter the restaurant, but also hang it up or put it on a chair next to you, not on the table.When you meet an acquaintance in the street, if you are a woman, you just have to do is nod, smile or say hello to that person, but if you are a man, you will normally take off your hat when you meet an acquaintance.

The custom of taking off hats to show respect is also reflected in the English language. For example, the idiom “hat in hand” in English means “very respectful”. Another idiom “take one’s hat off to (someone)” literally means “to take off one’s hat” and its extension means “to admire someone.” In addition, the British have a black dome hat, English name a bowler hat (supposedly designed in 1950 by a London hatter named JohnBowler), popular among gentlemen and businessmen, and has become a symbol of the status of British men. If anyone wears a black, new “bowler hat”, he will be respected by others, on the contrary, a man wearing the old “bowler” will be looked down upon. There is the word “bad hat” in English, meaning “bad guy,” and when it comes to what’s black, (as black as a hat), says “black like a hat” (as black as a hat), wants to have something to do with the black dome hat.

There was a rule in Parliament that members of Parliament must not wear a hat in the chamber and must wear a hat when they speak. As a result, many members entered the Chamber without their heads and spoke with a public hat prepared by the Chamber.Then, in the debate on a question, you can see a hat coming from the speaker. When the competition was fierce, hats were flying in the air, with whistles and stomping, as if playing a non-drumming game. What’s more, whether the congressman’s head is large or small, he has to wear the same hat, which often causes laughter.

Hat is not only an indispensable material requirement in the life of many nationalities, but also one of the important folklore customs.In addition to the official hat dress system, there are also some folk customs, such as etiquette, faith, ornamental and practical customs.

Hats play a role in indicating gender, age, and marital status in custom. Wearing hats in some parts of Angola is the prerogative of unmarried men, while unmarried women in the town of Coredad, Uruguay wear hats. Brazil Nagens City female hat left means unmarried, the right means married, if the hat to the forehead implies divorce or widowhood. In some mountains of Poland, hats are a token of a girl’s lover; but in Yugoslavia, they are a sign of a broken relationship between young men and women. In Belmez, Spain, hats are worn only when babies are born, and in Cuba’s San Gena river basin, a week of mourning comes only when a loved one is dead.

Therefore, wearing a hat is very fastidious, otherwise there will be a cultural conflict.

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