Sri Lankans are sociable and enjoy dining with friends. If you're invited to someone's home for a meal, it's a good idea to have a least a little food to eat before arriving, as it may be a few hours before you actually eat. You will probably be asked if you'd like to wash your hands before the meal, and it's appropriate to do so. Your host will show you where you should sit at the table.
Many Sri Lankans eat using their fingers (right hand only) by picking up a small piece of bread or ball or rice which is then used to scoop up food. When you have finished eating, it is customary to leave a small amount of food on your plate as a signal that you've had enough to eat. Much socialising occurs after a meal has finished, so you should be prepared to stay on after the meal.
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