This is how the world was greeted before Covid-19

With the arrival of the pandemic hugs and kisses are overNot even a handshake is a good option. These are the most common forms of greeting in the West, but in the world, there are many other ways to say hello apart from those we already know. Many of them, because of the pandemic, have been replaced, first by the shock of the elbows, then by the shock of the feet, and now with a hand on the heart, all to maintain social distancing, instead, other greetings follow being totally valid since they do not imply contact.

To see what the greetings were like before Covid, we will travel the world to see their customs.



We should not be offended if we travel to Tibet, the most common form of saying hello is sticking out your tongueIt’s not that they’re making fun of us, in fact show their respect thus. An ancient evil king, Lang Darma, is said to have had a black tongue, so Tibetans stick out their tongues at other people to convince them that they have not, in fact, been reincarnated as that king.

New Zealand

Greeting ‘hongi’ from New Zealand (MollyNZ / Getty Images / iStockphoto)

Another unusual greeting is the traditional greeting of the Maori people of New Zealand. The ‘hongi’ that consists of joining the nose, twice, and gently forehead. Thus, during this union it is said that the exchange of the ‘ha’ takes place, what they know as the vital breath. Through the greeting both people exchange their own breath.


In Japan They are very formal, physical contact is frowned upon, so they simply bow that it’s called ‘ojigi‘. For friends it is enough to lower their heads, but the more respect you have for the other person, the more they bend, with their arms at their sides, the men, and with their hands together, the women. In fact, it is not not easy to learn the rules of protocol.


The 'wai' greeting from Thailand

Thailand’s ‘wai’ greeting (silatip / Getty Images / iStockphoto)

In Thailand, We can see the traditional greeting ‘wai‘, in fact, it has become fashionable. It is about bringing the palms of the hands together (as if you were praying) and slightly bowing the head. The higher the hands are in relation to the head, the more respect is shown.


In family and friends environments the ‘kunik is used. ‘ A form of greet each other very intimate, as you will be pressing your nose and upper lip against the person you are greeting, and then breathing on them.


One of the most shocking greetings occurs in Russia, as three kisses are given, but not on the cheeks, but very close to the corner of the lips, but only if they are known, even so, these expressions of affection are common, which here would seem a bit obscene.


A boy doing the 'shaka' greeting

A boy doing the ‘shaka’ salute (FG Trade / Getty Images / iStockphoto)

The symbol ‘shaka’ is he quintessential hawaiian greetingThis is done by making a fist and extending the little fingers and thumb. There are several theories about its origin, since the greeting comes from the Spanish immigrants made the gesture to invite to drink, another theory says that it means ‘shark eye’, shark eye, although the most reliable theory and accepted by Hawaiians is that it has to do with Hamana Kalili, a Hawaiian who lost all three fingers in an accident.


In this country in southern Africa, the common thing is to clap to greet someone. First they shake hands, and then the person who arrives at a place claps only once, while the receiver responds with two claps. Surprising.


Two women greet each other in Malaysia

Two women greet each other in Malaysia (simon2579 / Getty Images)

The greeting in Malaysia is known by the name of ‘salam’ and it is very beautiful, the two hands are extended, touching with those of the other person, and then they are brought to the chest. It is a symbol of goodwill and an open heart.


Because of the pandemic, they have been replaced, first by the shock of the elbows, then by the shock of the feet, and now with a hand on the heart

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