Zambia has a vast collection of cultures, language dialects and customs. While travelling in the country there are some very basic ones which are applicable. The population is largely made up of over 70 indigenous tribal groups. The rest of the population is made up of Asians, Europeans and other.
With the cities of Zambia growing at the rate they are, most of the tribal customs are only applied in the rural areas.
Some of the common customs are: always greet before starting a conversation, and if a person approaches you, offer the initial greeting. Men should withhold their hands when greeting a woman, until the woman offers her hands. Gifts are presented as a sign of honour, friendship or appreciation. Gifts should not be refused and accepted with both hands while saying thank you.
'Lobola' - the bride price is still a common practice as a sign of appreciation to the parents of the bride. In most tribes, the bride is taken to the village of the groom before the wedding. Large amounts of food and homemade beer are prepared for the celebration of the marriage. This follows with singing and drum beating. The bride and groom then meet with the elders and talk about the importance of their union.