There are so many different cultures so it would be boring if they all do the same forms of greetings
As there are many different ones I picked just some to present you here in this blog. If I would take all, I would end up in writing a whole book.
You might think that the transition from anorexia to greeting issues is strange? Yes, it is. But I think both are some things worth knowing them.
If you talk to a Thai, then use the wai to say hello and goodbye!
The wai is a form which stands for mutual politeness. In Thailand this was the common way of greeting each other for a long time, but now it is rather common for rural areas. It is not just used for saying hello and goodbye, but also for thanking someone or apologizing. For knowing how to do a wai, I included a picture so you can get an impression of how a wai looks like.
In Japan the greeting form sounds similar to wai, it is called the rei. This is a gesture where people take a bow forward and it can be made during standing and during sitting. The form which is practiced during standing is called the ritsu-rei and the other form is called za-rei.
The degree of the bow depends on the social rank of the person. The lower the social rank is the deeper the person takes its bow. In contrast to the wai, this form is really deep-rooted in Japan and it is practiced in schools at the beginning of the lessons and even in business meetings.
Let us stay in Asia and go to a really big country: India.
Here we find a form which is similar to the Thai wai, it is called Namaste.
I asked myself: “What does this mean”. After some research I found out that this word can be divided in “Nama”, which means “bend”, “as” means “I” and “te” means you. So all in all it means I bend for you, which seems quite polite to me. The practice of this is simple: You put your hands in front of your chest or in front of the third eye, you close your eyes and then you bend your head. I have already seen this gesture in several bollywood movies.
Handshake and kiss issues
Now let us take a look on forms which are “usual” for the majority of us. A very significant one is the handshake. Everybody knows it. Everybody has done it. At least I think so.
Also this form has some varieties. Some of us just take the other hand very slightly and carefully and other ones try to squeeze the hands. When I considered this I found out that I am not a hand squeezer. But there is also another form, which often happened to me when I was greeting elder people. They took my hand with both of their hands and I have heard there is a German word for it: “Handschuhgriff”. But I have never heard this word in context with the gesture. Maybe it is from another generation or from another region. Another “usual” form is called besos or besitos. This is originally from Spain and Latin America and it includes 1-2 or more kisses on the cheeks. Nowadays it is very common. But I still prefer to greet friends by giving them a hug. But this is just a personal decision.
I hope that I am going to travel to some countries where I see new forms of greeting.