7 Years of Bad Sex Awaits You If You Fail To Toast Well – Toasting around the world
It is common to attend a wedding or any other celebratory event and realise that at some point during the event, you’re expected to raise your glass of beverage in a ‘toast’ but it’s important to note that all toasts aren’t the same and the methods to achieve a toast vary depending on what part of the world you’re in so before you travel to France and decide to ‘toast’ the Nigerian way, you should definitely continue reading this.
Toasting around the world goes beyond clinking of glasses and saying “Cheers”.
Origin of the toast
The exact origin of the toast is unknown but toasting was a common tradition in many ancient cultures and societies. The English word ‘Toast’ was first used by William Shakespeare in his play The Merry Wives of Windsor and it meant putting a piece of toast into wine. The method has evolved and now a toast is an opportunity to honour people.
So, how’s a toast in Germany different from a toast in Japan? Let’s take a trip.
If you find yourself toasting in Germany, clink glasses with everyone and ensure that you make eye contact with them as you do. Then, say “Proust!” and drink.
Let’s take a trip to Ireland. If you’re toasting in Ireland, you should buy a round for your friends then they’ll buy the next round for you and say “Slainte!” as you raise your glass.
Quick visit to Brazil. In Brazil, you order one large bottle and pour its contents into smaller glasses for everyone, say “Saude!” and take a sip of your drink.
Fancy a trip to Japan? If you’re about to make a toast in Japan, you pour a drink for everyone you are with except for yourself. It’s considered highly disrespectful to pour a drink for yourself.
When toasting in Korea, it’s tradition to let your friends pour your drink for you then you do the same for them. If you’re drinking with older people, when your drink is poured by an elder, you must look away from them out of respect. Grab your glass with both hands, yell “geonbae” and take a sip.
Israel…Toasts are made at formal occasions. You raise your glass and chant L’chaim!
There’s no place that takes toasting more seriously than Georgia. Toasting there is a pretty big deal. There is a toastmaster leading the guests through a dozen or more toasts. These toasts will be made to friends, family and whoever else is on the toastmaster’s mind. Wine is the beverage of choice. Brandy and vodka are allowed as well but beer is an absolute no-no.
If you’re in Hungary, don’t knock glasses or clink someone’s glass during a toast. You will offend your hosts if you do this.
The repercussion for a bad toast in France and Germany is that you’ll suffer through seven years of ‘bad sex’ if you break eye contact during a toast. Many in Spain believe that the same curse will befall those who toast with glasses of water.
In France, you must maintain eye contact and clink glasses individually with each person and you must not cross anyone’s arm while you do it then say “Sante!”
There’s nothing that unites people more than drinking and maybe football. So, get out your passports and go a-toasting round the world.