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Greeting People in Cuba

How do people greet each other in Cuba?

In general, Cubans will generally shake hands when meeting or saying goodbye to someone they know.

If they are good friends, then a friendly hug and a kiss on the cheek is also common, (even the men).

One kiss to the right cheek is common in Cuba, (but if they know you are English, they may give you a kiss on both cheeks, which can be confusing)!

It is seen as a slight not to greet or say goodbye to everyone you know…so get kissing!
When speaking to the elderly, or to strangers, Cubans speak more formally as a sign of respect.

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