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The bow is the standard greeting in Japan. Depending on the formalities, bows differ in duration, declination, and style. Among peers, the bow may be subtle, but don't dare bow that lightly to elders.
Greeting the World
In many Western countries, a handshake is considered a warm, respectful greeting when meeting strangers or kicking off business meetings. But in other places in the world, not so much. Taking the time to learn how locals meet and greet is the first step to making a meaningful connection no matter where you are. From bumping noses in Qatar to bowing in Laos, here are 10 ways people greet each other in different countries and cultures.
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Hungarians like to use the friendly greeting form of kissing each other on the cheeks. The most common way is to kiss from your right to your left. When men meet for the first time, the casual norm is a firm handshake.
In Albania, men shake hands when greeting one another. Depending on how close the men are with each other, a kiss on each cheek may be common as well. When a man meets a female relative, a kiss on each cheek, or two per cheek, is common. With friends or colleagues, normally a light handshake will do. Women may shake hands or kiss each other on both cheeks.
Gestures can say more than words, and just as we are usually very careful when using foreign languages, we should consider carefully what hand gestures we should display whilst in different cultures. The world is indeed full of diversities, so enjoy your learning. To discover appropriate greetings on holidays, see our Multicultural Calendar 2022.
The world is filled with so many cultures and traditions, some of which are still difficult to understand. Though civilization and advancement of the world have suppressed many of these cultures, some still hold onto their ancient way of life and we cannot help but get curious. One interesting way to study a culture is through their relations with one another. In most cases, this socialization begins with a greeting and while some people just shake hands and proceed to begin a conversation, others perform some interesting gestures that may look strange to strangers. These interesting greeting gestures around the world are worth studying so travelers do not get shocked when they extend their hand for a handshake and have the other person simply reach to grab their face.
The traditional greeting gesture of the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria is done by prostrating for a man and kneeling for a woman. This gesture is used mainly when greeting elders because according to the Yorubas, it is a sign of respect for old age. The elders then respond with a phrase and sometimes a tap to the back.
In Liberia, a typical greeting begins with a handshake and is then followed by a snap of the fingers, which creates a little unique snap sound that makes you wonder how in the world this strange gesture (which has also spread to other parts of Africa) came to life.
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People around the world greet each other in different ways. Not only do other cultures use different phrases to say hello, they also use different body language. The combination of the correct phrase and action can help you make a great first impression. It can also help you to show respect! It can even put others at ease. Read on to find out how people across the globe say hello!
Handshakes are used as greetings across the world. Countries like China, Germany, Great Britain, and Rwanda all use handshakes to say hello. However, the preferred handshake of each country is a little different. Did you know in the Middle East you should only shake hands with your right hand? Did you know that in China you should use a lighter grip?
A kiss on the cheek is a very common greeting across the world. Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ukraine, Russia, and much of Latin America uses kisses as a greeting. In contrast, the number of kisses varies between countries. For example, in Ukraine and Russia three kisses is normal. On the other hand, one kiss on the right cheek is polite in Argentina.
Similarly, in Oman, Qatar, and Yemen people will greet each other by touching noses. It is important to remember this greeting is only used between people of the same sex. In Arabic cultures it is considered inappropriate to use this greeting with a member of the opposite sex.
Finally, a greeting that many people might initially find silly. In Tibet, Buddhist monks greet one another by sticking their tongue out. This tradition goes back more than 1,000 years. Legend says that in there was a very cruel king who ruled in the 9th century. The king was known for his black tongue. The monks stick out their tongue to show they come in peace. It demonstrates they are not the reincarnated king.
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The coronavirus currently has us bumping elbows and waving hello from afar, but greetings around the world are often more involved than that, even in non-pandemic times. From bowing in Asia to rubbing noses in the Middle East to cheek kisses across the globe, here are a few customary greetings from around the world.
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The customary greeting reflects the influence of Hinduism and Buddhism on Thai culture in both the past and present. Historically, the Wai was used to show that the performer is open, carries no weapons, and comes in peace.
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A golden phonograph record was attached to each of the Voyager spacecraft that were launched almost 25 years ago. One of the purposes was to send a message to extraterrestrials who might find the spacecraft as the spacecraft journeyed through interstellar space. In addition to pictures and music and sounds from earth, greetings in 55 languages were included.
NASA asked Dr Carl Sagan of Cornell University to assemble a greeting and gave him the freedom to choose the format and what would be included. Because of the launch schedule, Sagan (and those he got to help him) was not given a lot of time. Linda Salzman Sagan was given the task of assembling the greetings.
The story behind the creation of the "interstellar message" is chronicled in the book, "Murmurs of Earth", by Carl Sagan, et al. Unfortunately, not much information is given about the individual speakers. Many of the speakers were from Cornell University and the surrounding communities. They were given no instructions on what to say other than that it was to be a greeting to possible extraterrestrials and that it must be brief. The following is an excerpt by Linda Salzman Sagan from the book:
"We were principally concerned with the needs of people on Earth during this section of the recording. We recorded messages from populations all over the globe, each representative speaking in the language of his or her people, instead of sending greetings in one or two languages accompanied by keys for their decipherment. We were aware that the latter alternative might have given the extraterrestrials a better chance of understanding the words precisely, though it would have raised the thorny question of which two languages to send. We felt it was fitting that Voyager greet the universe as a representative of one community, albeit a complex one consisting of many parts. At least the fact that many different languages are represented should be clear from the very existence of a set of short statements separated by pauses and from internal evidence - such as the initial greeting "Namaste," which begins many of the greetings from the Indian subcontinent. The greetings are an aural Gestalt, in which each culture is a contributing voice in the choir. After all, by sending a spaceship out of our solar system, we are making an effort to de-provincialize, to rise above our nationalistic interests and join a commonwealth of space-faring societies, if one exists."
"We made a special effort to record those languages spoken by the vast majority of the world's inhabitants. Since all research and technical work on the record had to be accomplished within a period of weeks, we began with a list of the world's most widely spoken languages, which was provided by Dr. Steven Soter of Cornell. Carl suggested that we record the twenty-five most widely spoken languages. If we were able to accomplish that, and still had time, we would then try to include as many other languages as we could." 350c69d7ab