Global Greeting Customs

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Which physical contact gesture has seen a decrease in usage due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

Handshakes

What greeting gesture is commonly used by Asians according to the text?

Nods

Which culture is known for using cheek kisses as a common greeting gesture?

Germans

In which country is the Hindu gesture 'Namaste' commonly used as a greeting?

India

What unique greeting custom involves sticking out tongues as a gesture according to the text?

Tibetans

Which region has seen an increase in nods or gestures as greetings, according to the text?

Europe

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  • Greetings vary across different cultures, involving customs such as handshakes, kisses, hugs, bows, nods, fist bumps, and more based on the formality of the situation.
  • The Covid-19 pandemic has shifted social norms around greetings, with a decrease in physical contact like handshakes and an increase in nods or gestures as the 'new normal'.
  • Different regions have distinct greeting customs: Brits are known for their reserved greetings, while Americans, Canadians, and Mexicans often use hugs and kisses to show warmth and affection.
  • In most European countries, cheek kisses are common, while in Asian countries, formal greetings like handshakes, nods, and bows are prevalent, with Japan being averse to hugs and kisses.
  • Unique greetings include the Hindu 'Namaste' gesture in India, the hand press to the forehead in the Philippines, and Tibetans sticking out their tongues as a greeting.
  • Understanding and respecting diverse greeting customs when traveling or meeting people from different backgrounds can foster better communication and relationships.

Explore the diverse greeting customs around the world, including handshakes, kisses, hugs, bows, nods, fist bumps, and unique gestures like 'Namaste' and tongue sticking. Learn how social norms have shifted due to the Covid-19 pandemic and how understanding these customs fosters better communication and relationships.

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