8 strange greetings of the people around the world

The Japanese usually bow down, the Tibetans will stick their tongue out as if teasing each other, while the Thai people clap their hands and bow slightly when they meet.

If you think simply that when two people meet to greet each other only by raising their hands and smiling, you may be wrong.

Many countries in the world have unique ways of greeting, impressing international visitors when first witnessed.

Tibetan: sticking the tongue out


First-time visitors to Tibet, especially in remote areas, may be surprised to see people turning around and sticking their tongue out as if they're making fun.

This is a common greeting of the Tibetans. This custom comes from a legend of the 9th century Tibetan King named Lang Darma. This King is known for his cruelty and has a black tongue. Tibetans believe in reincarnation and fear that the king will be reborn.

Thus, for many centuries, Tibetans greeted each other by sticking their tongues out to prove that their tongues were not black, so they are good people, not the reincarnation of the cruel king.

Today, not many Tibetans use this greeting, but visitors can still catch up in remote areas, among local people.

New Zealand: rubbing the nose and forehead together


The traditional Maori greeting in New Zealand is called Hongi. People make Hongi by rubbing the nose and forehead, then inhale a slight breath.

This form of greeting is used in large and important meetings, similar to a formal handshake. And that is a way for hosts and guests or two friends to exchange "the breath of life". After that ritual, they do not consider each other a stranger.

Japan: bowing head


Japanese people are famous for their strict etiquette. One of them is the greeting when meeting.

The most popular and traditional type is bowing, slightly bent to the opposite person. In each case, there is a clear rule of "folding" when bowing. Depending on the relationship, this ritual is performed simultaneously with the western handshake.

Ukraine: Kissing cheek three times


Ritual kissing on the cheek when meeting can be seen in many countries. However, if you come to Ukraine and greet a local people here, do not end it too soon.

The reason the Ukrainian usually kisses the cheek three times, starts on the left cheek, then to the right, and then ends back to the left.

Philippines: Touching the forehead to the right hand


The most popular greeting in Philippine culture is Mano po or Pagmamano. This is a gesture of respect for the other person, especially with the older person.

Similar to kissing hands, young people often hold the right hand of the older person and touch their forehead to pay homage.

France: Kissing cheek slightly


Do not be confused with the romantic deep kisses of couples who love each other. French people meet and goodbye to each other often kiss cheek each other two times.

Thailand: Putting the hands together and bending over


Thai people meet and greet each other will show the attitude of putting the hands together and bending over to avoid looking straight into the eyes of opposite people.

Malaysia: Touching the other's hand


The Malaysian greeting is called "Namaste". When two people meet in the morning they will say "Salamat pagi", in the afternoon say "saolamat petang" and touch the opponent's hand, then hand in front of the chest. This action symbolizes sending greetings from the deep heart.

By: Oralie Smith

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