February 21, 2008

Respecting an Elder


Indonesians are taught since a young age to respect their elders. One manifestation of this is the way we greet our elders. We do not shake an elder’s hand, but we put their hand to our forehead. There are variations to this, such as putting the hand on your cheek or take an elders hand and “kiss” the hand.

Of course, you do not have to do this to all elders, only to those in the family and friends of your parents. And as you grow up…..it’s ok to drop this habit :)

4 comments:

utchanovsky said...

Until now, i still kiss the elders hands. Specially my parent.

Not only elders family

(bener gak bhs inggrisnya)

Fitri said...

That's nice...very respectful of you... :)

Lester Cavestany said...

We also do this in the Philippines. It's cool how there are a lot of similarities between our countries.

Fitri said...

Yeah...when I read other people's blogs & find similarities, it reminds me that we're not that different after all...

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