Greetings in Sudan

Video Transcript

“I think when you greet somebody, you don’t just say, ‘Hi.’ You have to shake hands. That means [it’s] more welcoming, more friendly. But if you say hi from [a distance], they feel like you don’t want to be in touch or close to me. Shaking hands, it’s normal. Even though some people hug each other. If you know somebody a long time [and] you [haven’t] seen him, like here, you hug him. So, same thing over there. But even if you meet somebody who is a [stranger] and you say hi from far away, they don’t like that.

"One more thing, even for the greeting, you can hug woman to woman. But men to women, prohibited, taboo. It’s not accepted at all. Even if they see… No kissing in Khartoum, if you get kissed or somebody tried to kiss you in front of the people; maybe they’d find shoes or something in front of their head. Not accepted at all. But hugging, woman to woman, yeah, they prefer that. Men to men, they prefer that when they meet you. But opposite side, woman to man or man to woman, hugging, no, but shaking, they prefer that, too.”

In this video, a native Sudanese discusses greetings in Sudan.