Greeting is a simple habit that promotes social solidarity. The way we greet varies depending on how we live. The way we greet you from various parts of the world we share with you will surprise you and make you smile…
Filipinos have a way of greeting called ‘Mano’ to show respect to elders. They greet people who are older than themselves by taking their hands and placing them on their foreheads.
The Japanese bow to each other by bowing. Depending on the situation, the duration and angle of the stance may vary.
People in India greet using the word ‘Namaste’. They also express this word by raising their hands and putting their palms together. In India it is also common to touch the other person’s feet to show respect, this is called Pranāma.
Thai people’s greetings, which they call ‘wai’, are actually similar to those of the Indians. You can greet by bowing your head so that your thumbs touch your chin and the other fingertips touch your forehead.
In France it is normal for people to kiss each other’s cheeks to greet.
The Māori people of New Zealand have a tradition of greeting two people by pressing their nose and forehead together. This form of greeting is called ‘Hongi’.
In Botswana, you must do a few simple gestures to greet. Put your left hand on your right elbow and extend your right arm to greet. Also in Tswana ‘How are you?’ The question is ‘Lae kae?’.
Guests in Mongolia are given a gift called a ‘hada’ (ceremonial scarf). With both hands slightly swaying as the two people bend slightly.
In Saudi Arabia, people usually touch their noses to each other as a greeting and place one hand on the other’s shoulder.
Tuvalu is a Polynesian country consisting of nine coral islands in the Pacific Ocean. The traditional greeting of the people, they stick their cheeks together and take a deep breath.
Warriors of the Masai tribe in Kenya hold a dance ceremony for the newcomers. Forming a circle, they race to decide who can jump the highest.
Malaysians usually put their palms on their hearts after touching each other’s fingers with both hands.
The Tibetan people stick their tongues out a little to show that they are not the reincarnations of the cruel and black-tongued Tibetan king who lived in the 9th century.
A nod and a light clasp of thumbs is considered a friendly greeting in Western and Northern Zambia.