As the numbers of Covid-19 cases seems to not showing any signs of stopping soon, every community in every city needs to practice social distancing. And by practicing social distancing means that we should not touch each other to prevent any possible viruses from spreading.
In fact after more than half a year battling with the pandemic, many of us have been accustomed to the New Normal of doing things. That includes the way we greet when we meet people. Instead of the usual handshakes and hugs, we will have to opt for those that does not require touching.
Although some cities encourages fist bumps or elbow bumps, we are still touching each other by doing that. So how do we practice it while social distancing ourselves?
These are the few New Normal on how we say ‘Hello’ when we meet up.
Wave and Smile
By far, this is the easiest and most conventional method of saying hello. You can do it from afar and people will get it easily. Even if you are wearing a mask, your the language of your eyes will tell the others that you are smiling.
A traditional greeting in part of Asia especially Japan, Korea, China and Vietnam, bowing is not only a form of greeting, but also a form of respect and humility. Besides that it is useful in many ways, a person can bow to greet another person, to apologise or even to bid farewell. Although bowing can mean differently in certain country, it is relatively safe as it does not mean any harm.
The Namaste greeting is also used in many parts of Asia especially India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand and Cambodia. The gesture is just as simple as putting your palms together and bow slightly. It also means a deep form of respect to others. If you aren’t sure whether it is appropriate to use it, you can always bow.
Hand on Heart
The ‘hand on heart’ is known as a substitute to handshakes as we can see that many official meetings and events are using this specific gesture. You just have to put your hand on your heart as to acknowledge the presence of the person.
Besides, it is also quite common among Muslim women to practice this gesture in certain cities.
Salute may be a sign used in military or the police force, but it can also be used by anyone. Simple as it is and with the same meaning in the military, it is a sign of respect.
A popular type of salute among the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans, it is made popular by the movie Black Panther.
Just make sure you don’t do it in business or official meetings, some rigid individuals might not be able to accept it.
To do it correctly, cross your arms to form a letter ‘X’ and let’s make the world forever like ‘Wakanda Forever’.
Made popular by Korean celebrities, you just have to put the tips of your thumb and forefinger together. But some people might misunderstand it as ‘money’.
Which of the gesture is your favourite one? Whichever way you may want to use, just remember that we still have to keep each other safe and distance ourselves.