When two people close to each other meet, “faire la bise” is a traditional greeting that they often use.
With “faire la bise”, two people – male or female, will come up and kiss each other on the cheeks. Usually, only one of the two can actually kiss the other on the cheek and the other will have to blow a kiss.
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New Zealanders face each other face and nose while closing their eyes.
When welcoming strangers to their places, the Maori Aboriginal people living in New Zealand will perform the “hongi” ritual – directly touching each other’s forehead and nose while closing their eyes. After that, the guest will be considered on par with the local residents.
According to them, the practice of “hongi” will help two people exchange the breath of life and feel the other’s soul.
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