Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Worldwide greetings traditions

France: In France they seem to love kissing. Basically everyone kisses each other on the cheeks when meeting and leaving. Men also kiss each other on the cheeks, but only if they know each other well. Can you imagine a gangster from the ghetto in America doing this? How many kisses you give depends on where you come from in the country. In the north you either give 2 or 4, while in the south you mostly give 2 or 3. If you go to the west part you can get up to as many as 5 kisses or just 3 (single people should be happy over there).

Greece: In Greece a slap on the back often take place instead of shaking hands.

Botswana: people touch hands, like a handshake that doesn't include a grip, just lightly grazing palms and fingers. They ask each other: "How did you wake?" 

Mozambique: People from the northern parts of the country clap their hands three times before saying hello.

Oman: In Oman you usually shake hands, but some men might kiss you on the nose.

Spain: In Spain they keep it easy with only two kisses if you know each other and a hand shake if you don’t.

India: You are not supposed to hug your grandparents, but touch their feet. In India you are not supposed to kiss in public, at all, so you therefore do not kiss people when you meet them either.

Central African Republic: Here good friends might slap your right hand, and then you grab each other’s middle finger using a thumb and middle finger, then “snap” the other person’s finger. Sounds extremely complicated to do.

Bhutan: they ask, "Is your body well?"

Gabon: show respect by shaking a person's hand with both hands

Georgia (no, not the state): their word for hello literally means, "Let you win". 

Cambodia: here, one would put your hands together like "praying hands" holding them against your chest. The higher you hold your hands, the more respect you show.

Singapore: Here the greeters slide their palms together back, towards their own chest, then end with the hands over the heart.

Grenada: sometimes friends might tap clenched fists

Zambia: In Zambia some people greet each other by squeezing a thumb.

New Zealand – Maor: Some simply press their noses together when they meet, whilst keeping their eyes closed. Wow, they like it tricky these Maoris.

Polynesia: Here you take your friend’s hands and use them to stroke your face.

East Africa: Some East African tribes pretend to spit on each others’ feet.

Bangladesh: When you greet someone here you have to do a relaxed salute with your right hand.

Mauritania: some of the Moorish background might greet you with "On you no evil"

Mauritius: they cut right to the chase in some villages here. Their hello literally means, "Speak!"

Bang the other party with a hand on either the head or shoulders. 

It’s shown as a sign of respect if you kiss your hand and then put it on your grandparent’s forehead or kiss the forehead.

Tibet: In Tibet you’re seen as very polite if you stick your tongue out to someone.

Benin: It might happen that the men snap their fingers while shaking your hands. That’s what I call coordination!

Mozambique: northern people clap hands three times before saying hello

Middle East: Here you pronounce a sentence and then sweep your right hand up to your heart.

Guam: there is a Chammoros tradition on Guam in which the Elder's right hand is clasped over the greeters right hand (like helping someone down a step), then the greeter bows and lifts Elder's hand to the forehead. Usually followed by a "Nyot" for the men and a "Nyorra" for the women.

Maldova: some men might greet a woman by kissing her hand while saying, "I kiss your hand." Why? What else would he be doing? Looking to nibble on lady fingers? 

Niger: the Kanouri people shake a fist at head level and call "Wooshay! Wooshay!" ("Hello! Hello!")

Swaziland:  they say, "I see you!" (What, no "peekaboo"?)

Syria: children sometimes kiss the back of the hands of their parents or granparents

Taiwan:   the traditional greeting is, "Have you eaten?"

Tuvalu: Here relatives press a face to the cheek of the other and sniff deeply.

UK: the Brits like it simple with a simple kiss on the cheek.