Peru Gestures and Greetings

Greetings

Both men and women shake hands when meeting and parting. Close friends often greet each other with a kiss on one cheek. First names are used among friends, but elderly people and officials are referred to by their title and last name. 

Between teenagers a kiss on the check between girls and boys is common. Never a kiss between boys. Boys usually do a slap with the hands or a hand touch on the shoulder followed by a nickname said in an aloud and friendly way. There are many gestures accompanying the typical greetings. The more confidence or younger the age, the more gestures(and it is even more in low-economical classes). For example, between male teenagers it is common a hand-slap or hugs when greeting someone.  If you needed to get someone's attention to call them over to you, It is typical to just try to talk to the person or just stare them at the eyes which is very common. With teenagers it is common to try to talk out loud and about funny things or smile at the person. Nice clothing is always the trend and a happy attitude to try to call someone's attention to yourself

Gestures

People stand close to each other during conversation and constant eye contact is important. When seated, placing the ankle of one leg on the knee of the other is inappropriate for women, but is okay for men. Hand gestures are used a great deal during conversation.

Visiting

The most common ways to socialize with people doesn't  necessarily involve food and drinks. Any person can socialize by talking. If a closer socialization is wished, then the interested person may invite someone over for something to eat or invite them to go out. Peruvians enjoy visiting one another. Between friends and relatives, most visits are unannounced. In other cases, it is polite to make advance arrangements. Special acknowledgment of children in the home is appreciated by the hosts. Gifts are not expected when one visits the home, but small gifts such as fruit or wine are welcome on any occasion.  If someone visits impromptu, the host may politely decline the visit. It would depend on the host's attitude. Instead of meeting indoors, most people meet outdoors like at campuses, on the way to home, other public places (restaurants, pubs, shops, etc) or while using public transportation like public buses as cars are not owned by everybody.

Cultural Attributes

Appointments and other meetings may not begin on time and Peruvians generally consider people to be more important than schedules.

Wealth is defined by having a house and car. Good food and clothing are things that many people would like to enjoy. Middle class people enjoy an education in addition to the basic necessities.

Basic services are not available in many areas of the country, especially in the cities borders and in the countryside. In rural areas, wealth is defined by extensive land holdings, a big house, a big and healthy family and lots of livestock.

The higher social classes consider expensive properties and expensive education to be important.


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