How Greeting differs around the world
Greeting is the first thing you get when you get interaction with others. Some people do shake hands, some kiss and hug while others just say hello. This is according to their beliefs and culture norms – often to show respect. Here is some greeting culture around the world.
- Sticking out your tongue in Tibet
In Tibet it’s conventional to stick your tongue out to greet people to show that you are not a reincarnation of a cruel king from the 9th century that had a black tongue.
- Touching others in Malaysia
Malaysia usually stretch out their hands and touch the other person’s fingertips and then bring their hands to their hearts. It symbolizes that they are greeting you from their hearts.
- Mano in Philippines
When greeting and elder in the Philippines, take his or her (usually right) hand gently and press it to your forehead. This gesture is called mano, and it’s used to show respect.
- Pranam in India
To show respect in India, it’s common to touch elder person’s feet in a greeting gesture called Pranam.
- Wai in Thailand
In Thailand, people greet each other by pressing their hands together in a prayer fashion and slightly bowing their heads. This is called the Wai.
- Eskimo kissing in Greenland
The people of Greenland have a special greeting known as the Kunik. Participants place their nose and top lip on the cheek or forehead of their companion and breathe in.
- Fist bumping in the USA
First originated in the USA in 1940s among motorcycle gangs. Now a common greeting practice for newly acquainted individuals to merge hands in what is colloquially known as a handshake.
- Bowing in Japan
In Japan, people will great each other with a bow. Bows differ in duration and in angle of decline according to formalities.
- Hongi in New Zealand
The Maori people of New Zealand will greet visitors with a beautiful gesture called Hongi. Mahori will perform this move to initiate newcomers, and exchange the breath of life with them.
- Press Face in Tuvalu
A traditional greeting in the Polynesian island Tuvalu is to press your face to a person’s cheek, and inhale deeply.
- Botswana Greeting
One traditional greeting in Botswana has three steps: 1) extend your right arm, place your left hand on your right elbow , and press hands together; 2) Interlock your hand with the other person’s, interlacing thumbs; 3) Return to the original position and say “Lae Kae?”
- Adamu in Kenya
The Masai warrior tribe in Kenya performs this ceremony to welcome visitors called Adamu or jumping dance. It involves the warriors forming a circle and competing to see who can jump the highest.
- Nose kisses in “Oman”
In Oman, men often greet each other by pressing their noses together.
- Faire la Bise in France
If two people about to greet one another are rather familiar, it’s customary in France to kiss cheeks – what’s called faire la bise.
- Hada in Mongolia
Upon receiving a new guest in their home, a Mongolian will offer the new comer a Hada. To receive this gift approperly, take it up gently with both hands and bow slightly.
- Patting in Greece
In Greece you’ll see a lot of men patting each other on the back or at shoulder level when greeting each other.
- Assalamualaikum in Saudi Arabia
In Saudi Arabia or Muslims around the world will very often greet each other with a handshake and the words Assalamualaikum- will be spoken.
- Wooshay in Niger
The kanouri tribe in Niger greet each other by waving their fists close to their head and saying “wooshay”.
- Shona in Southern Africa
There are 12 different Shona ethnic groups spread across South Africa, many of which perform rhythmic clapping as a polite greeting.
- Rubbing noses in Bedouin
In traditional Bedouin tribes, men robe noses with each other as a respectful greeting.