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A Guide to Foreign Gift-Giving

COUNTRY OR REGION                   ITEMS TO AVOID
CHINA              Clocks: The Mandarin word for clock is similar to
                   the word for death. Handkerchiefs signify sadness.

EUROPE             Red roses suggest a romantic interest. Also, an
                   even number of flowers or 13 represent bad luck.

INDIA              Leather: The cow is sacred to observant Hindus.
                   Black-and-white gift wrap is considered unlucky.

JAPAN              White gift wrap and four of anything are
                   associated with death.

LATIN AMERICA      Knives and letter openers symbolize the severing
                   of ties. Certain kinds signify mourning.


Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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