How do Mexicans greet each other?


The type of greeting that Mexican people opt for depends on the occasion and relationship with the other person, but most greetings include shaking hands, hugging or kissing on the cheek. In formal situations, people usually prefer to shake hands.

Men often shake hands with each other in both formal and casual situations. When a man and a woman meet, they also shake hands if the woman extends her hand first; if not, men slightly bow their heads. Women who are close friends or relatives often exchange hugs or light kisses on the cheek. According to the Center for International Studies at Angelo State University, Mexican people tend to hold a hug or a handshake longer than American people.

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