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Chilean Traditions

Chileans have their traditional way of doing things that is a little different from what I experienced back home.

Greetings

Male Chileans will greet each other with a handshake if they are unfamiliar with each other. A man greeting a woman, or two woman meeting will greet with a kiss on the cheek. More informal relationships lead to greetings with a big hug (un abrazo) for men and a kiss on the cheek for women.

Pointing with the Lips

Instead of pointing with the index finger, Chileans will sometimes use their lips to point. Lips are puckered and pointed in the direction of interest. This is very convenient when you have your hands full. Pointing with the lips can indicate a single direction, or moving the lips can indicate a motion or larger area.

Daily Life

Chilean traditions are manifested everyday in their lives. These can be seen with:

Read about more Chilean traditions and daily life in the Gringo's Culture Guide to Chile.

 

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