Ways to Greet People Without Touching Them
1. NamasteNamaste originates from India, and it has seeped into the Western countries as well. Whenever the biggest of leaders visit India, they are greeted by a warm namaste. As you just need to use your own hands, a distance is maintained. The Hindus even pray to their God with their touch-free namaste.
2. Adab or SalaamIf you come by any South Asian Muslim person, they will greet you through an Adab or Salaam. This is a gesture where they raise their cupped hand towards the face in respect for the other person. Interestingly, the word Adab comes from the Arabic word Aadaab which stands for etiquette.
3. Bao Quan LiYou may not be a martial art practitioner, but Ban Quan Li is a safe way to greet either your opponent or someone who stands in front of you. This Chinese way of greeting originated in the Ming Dynasty. You have to make a fist with one hand and loosely wrap the other palm on it while bending a little.
4. WavingWe learn to wave as a child, but it is quite informal, so we only use it for close relatives and friends. But waving is one of the simplest gestures of greeting that you can use. If you are meeting the elders, you may consider pulling out the namaste.
5. BowingBowing is practised mainly in Japan, where two people bend towards each other to show respect, and the tradition is spread throughout Asian countries. Even the Europeans used to practice bowing among each other, especially when they are meeting someone like the Queen.
6. Footshake or Elbow BumpAs COVID-19 has started to spread worldwide, the foot shake came into news for being the choice of greeting that is taking the place of a handshake. You can show respect to each other by bumping your feet. Some countries have also accepted the way of elbow-bumps which help in staying touch-free.
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