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Do We Kiss Bow Or Shake Hands? And What About Sneezing? | Culture Matters

Do We Kiss Bow Or Shake Hands?

How do we deal with the cultural ritual of greetings?

The book “Kiss Bow or Shake Hands” attempts to answer that obvious questions with that obvious ritual of meetings and greetings going on within an international context.kiss bow or shake hands

But what about The Sneeze? It’s something that happens to the best of us and, well, a (wo)man has to do what a (wo)man has to do: Sneeze…

This infographic covers what people say in response to a sneeze,

It is really across the board. From a Gesündheid, to Salud in most parts of Latin America (Jesus in Spain by the way), to a Live Long reply to this ever relieving human habit.

If you look closely at this image, you will see that some countries are not covered. They read “No Response”; of course people do reply or at least react to a sneeze, but the maker of this infographic didn’t know what it was?

Do you?

If you do know, I would really appreciate it if you could add it in the comments!.

Thanks. And bless you; or to your health; or gezondheid (in my own native language…)


For another entertaining infographic which partly has to do with health-related issues, check out this article which tells you all about Good Luck Charms around the world…

This infographic was made by https://www.expedia.ca/travelblog/world-responds-sneezing

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