In Ethiopia is a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country. People are proud of their heritage, and as such, it is important to respect local traditions, customs, and religions at all times when traveling or working there. It is equally important to be aware of your actions so that they do not offend the locals. Here are some of the most common local customs in Ethiopia.The local customs of EthiopiaThere has been religious freedom for centuries in Ethiopia. Christianity and Islam have co-existed peacefully for hundreds of years. Though the dominant religion has always been Orthodox Christian with ‘fasting’ each Wednesday, Friday and during Lent.Age is a major factor in social behavior. The elderly people are treated with uttermost respect. When an older person or guest enters a room, it is custom to stand until that person is seated. Dining etiquette is also important. Make sure you always wash your hands before a meal, because all food is eaten using the hands from a communal dish.Guests customarily initiate eating, and it is proper form to pull injera only from the space directly in front of oneself while dining. It is considered polite to participate in a conversation during the meal; complete attention to the food itself is thought to be rude.