I like kissing.
Knowing the etiquette of kissing in various countries is very important. Some countries are very demonstrative and others are not. Kissing is a sign of many things from a greeting, to appreciation, to acknowledgment of another.
Gordon and I are pretty affectionate and often have to be careful about holding hands and other displays of affection. A few weeks ago Gordon gave me “the look” in Dubai when I went to kiss him. So in Dubai, keep your hands and lips to yourself.
Australia is very multicultural and many of my friends are from all over the world, so being thorough and scientific I contacted them and asked them what was particular to their culture.
So it is timely to remember the way to kiss when it is needed on your travels.
Kissing in The Netherlands
3 kisses, alternate cheeks. Left, right, left. The Dutch “love” to kiss. I do too. When we arrived recently, I did the 2 kiss and was quickly chastised by our friend, from Zandvoort with “we F*ing kiss 3 times here, remember”. The man at the post office in Amsterdam kissed me 3 times for buying a stamp. Now you know why I want to move there.
Kissing in Italy
4 kisses, cheek by cheek, and perhaps keep going. Italians are also very affectionate, and a pinch on the butt is sort of like a kiss too. It had taken me 3 bus rides in Rome before I got mine pinched, and I wasn’t leaving until I did. We have a lot of Nona’s and Nono’s as near relatives here, so affection is always a good thing.
Kissing in Germany
2 kisses, alternate cheeks. Very formal and very proper. Left, right. Deal Done.
Kissing in Australia
For social people, air kissing in Australia is popular, alternate cheeks but with no actual contact. Get really pretentious and go for the 3 kiss, which tends to upset people. Otherwise a quick peck, and wipe your mouth covertly.
Kissing in Japan
Not big into kissing at all despite loving all things cute, but if you plant one on them, particularly if they are older and you have established some type of bond, they tend to giggle and be quite happy about it
Kissing in New Zealand and many Polynesian Islands like Samoa and Tonga
Rub noses together. The Eskimo’s do it too. Personally, I get a quick hug in first and then a peck on the cheek. It is changing. Air kissing in NZ will catch up in a few years.
Kissing in Croatia
2 kisses left cheek first. Often you need to initiate the kiss because they are a little unsure. If you do kiss, you have become a friend for life and will be fed upon every occasion that is celebrated. We know as we have lovely Croatian friends who feed as all of the time.
Kissing in Serbia
3 kisses, right first. Different to Croatians, so this is important to know.
Kissing in Philippines
Again air kisses but not with the Australian pretensions (I can say that because I do it). Twice, but no actual lip to cheek action.
Kissing in Belgium
These people are rebels I am telling you. Depending upon the region will depend upon the kiss. Flanders appeared to us to be 2 kisses, but we were told that in some of those “other” areas, they might do it just the once, or “even” 3 times. Sorry Belgium is tricky.
Kissing in Brazil
Again dictated by where you live. 1 kiss in San Paulo, 3 in other parts. But again they can be pretty affectionate so you can’t really go wrong.
Kissing in Denmark
Forget the kiss, and give a quick hug.
Kissing in Austria
In Austria, a man may kiss your hand (female), this is big kudos. Otherwise, a little nod, you ‘might’ get away with a quick peck.
Kissing in China
Don’t kiss, don’t hug in public at all. This is for behind closed doors.
Kissing in Thailand
Don’t kiss, hug or hold hands in public. They don’t, you don’t. Ironic isn’t it with all of the bars, ladyboys, pole dancing, etc. Read, 10 do’s and don’ts in Bangkok, that applies all over Thailand.
Kissing in Vietnam
“Slightly” more liberal than Thailand, you can shake hands.
Kissing in Spain
2 kisses, BUT right then left. If you have enjoyed a few drinks, shouting Ole, Ole after your kissing ritual is always good form.
Kissing in UK
Nod and look away. Sorry, but that is what I have been told by Pommie friends.
Kissing in USA
Kiss how and who you like whenever you like.
So that it what I know. What can you add to this to make it a definitive list on ‘kissing around the world.’