16 Unique Greetings: Saying Hello Around the Globe
There are some very beautiful, and some very unique way humans greet each other around the planet.
I’ve compiled a list of 16 different greetings from around the globe.
The touching of foreheads—this is an ancient greeting that honors the heart and soul of another human being.
Amongst the Māori, it is nose to nose, forehead to forehead—called hongi. The Hawaiians call it honi, and it is practiced amongst the Tibetans, and the desert Bedouins. For the Priestesses of Astera, this is how we bless the Beloved.
Third eye to third eye—sharing sacred breath. ☀️ Excerpt from GAIA CODEX – A Novel and Ancient Wisdom Text Revealed.
A fist bump with touching thumbs flipping to the side while saying “respect.”
Tibetan people stick their tongues out a little bit as a greeting. This indicates they are not a reincarnation of a horrible
Tibetan king from the 9th century who had a black tongue. Tibetans also press their hands together and place them
in front of their chest to indicate they come in peace.
“Mano” is a gesture used to show respect to elders. They take the elders hand and press their own forehead to the hand.
Namaste is a beautiful greeting meaning “The spirit in me honors the spirit in you.”
Hands raised over the chest, palms pressed together.
“As-salamu alaykum” means peace be upon you. It is usually followed by placing one hand on the
others opposite shoulder and touching noses.
“Sniffing” someone you love is a greeting called “kunik.” It’s sometimes thought of as an Eskimo kiss. It is not kissing but a show of affection for someone you love. Nuzzling noses, or cheeks, or the forehead is how this is expressed.
FRANCE / ITALY / PORTUGAL
It is customary in France to kiss others three or four times on the cheek when meeting.
So, cheek-to-cheek-to-cheek. In Italy and Portugal, it is two kisses, one on each cheek.
Guests in Mongolia are given a ceremonial scarf called a “hada.” It is given gently using both hands while slightly bowing.
Greek men greet each other by patting the back of a person.
Pressing their cheeks together and simultaneously inhaling is a traditional greeting in Tavalu.
A greeting from the heart, Malays stretch out their hands and touch the fingertips of the other person.
Then they bring their hands to their hearts.
Ghana uses the West African handshake, where the middle finger snaps the
middle finger of the person you are shaking hands with.
The louder the snap, the better, and it is acceptable to try the snap a second time if you miss it.
Always greet people from right to left, always with your right hand. The right hand is used for eating, handshaking,
money giving, and receiving items because the left hand is considered the “toilet hand.”
It is important to greet people with a handshake or pleasantries when entering a space.
Raising your eyebrows is the way to acknowledge someone’s presence in the Marshall Islands.
In Zambia, people greet each other by squeezing thumbs
Men shake hands with each other: stick out your hand and say “Prazer”, which means “(It’s a) pleasure.”
Men and women greet with one or two air kisses (1 Kiss in Sao Paulo, 2 Kisses in Rio, )
first near the right cheek, then the left cheek.
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