Chopsticks

The history of the Chopsticks
Chopsticks was invented in China sometime during the Shong Dynasty , the substitution of knives for chopsticks at the dinner table. That was the time when chopsticks first began to be used, although it is fairly certain that they were invented in China, neighboring Asian countries adopted its use and modified it according to cultural preference. According to Confucius, knives were equated with acts of aggression and should not be used to dine. By using a pair of slender sticks, it is held between the thumb and fingers of one hand. Eventually, chopsticks became the eating utensils for the Chinese. Today, chopsticks are used all over the world as well as  China, making them the world's second-most popular utensils to enjoy your food and making more fun .
Chinese use chopsticks as easily and as naturally as western use spoons and forks. All Chinese food is prepared so that it may be easily handled with chopsticks. In fact, many older-generation Chinese households have no forks at all. Fingers really have to work in order to use these implements, however, and our fingers have become lazy from eating with forks. Chopsticks are used for cooking as well as eating. They are good for serving noodles

The Chinese can tell what kind of persons
 you are by the way you hold the chopsticks:
Chinese will tell you that they can guess many things about a person from the way he handles his chopsticks. If he places them across his rice bowl between bouts of eating, it indicates that he is a boatman, for this is considered a good omen in navigation.. Usually, however, placing chopsticks across the rice bowl is simply the concluding gesture of the meal, signifying "dinnerís over" or " I canít eat another bite." If the holder pushes the sticks against his stomach to even them up instead of tapping them on the table, chances are he is a laborer and is used to eating out of doors, squatting on the ground. The marital future of a baby girl can be foretold by the way she first picks up a set of chopsticks, for if they are grasped at the far end her husband will come from a distant province, but if they are seized near the eating end her husband may turn out to be the boy next door. To drop your chopsticks means bad luck. To find a pair of unequal length at your place at table means that you will miss a train, or boat, or plane
How to use the Chopsticks:
Place the first chopstick in the hollow between thumb and index finger and rest its    lower end below the first joint of the third finger. This chopstick remains stationary.
Hold the other chopstick between the tips of the index and middle fingers, steady its upper half against the  base of the index finger, and use the tips of the thumb to keep it in place.
 To pick up things, move the upper chopstick with index and middle fingers.
After few practices, you will be able to use chopsticks
The rules for use the Chopsticks:
1
      Never stick the chopsticks into the food, especially not into the rice. At the funeral service chopsticks are stuck into the rice that stands on the altar. Put the chopsticks in front of you on the table or a dish with the tip to the left when you are not using them.
2
      Don't give food from your chopsticks directly to somebody other's chopsticks. At the funeral the bones of the burned body are given in that way from person to person.
3
      Don't spear food with your chopsticks.
4
     Neither point with the chopsticks to something or somebody nor move them too much around in the air.
5
     If you want to separate a piece of food into two pieces with chopsticks, do it step by step in exerting controlled pressure on your chopsticks.
6
      Knife and fork are used for western food only. Spoons are used for eating certain Chinese dishes, for example shrimp fried rice. A Chinese ceramic spoon is sometimes used to eat egg drop soup.

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