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How to Cheek Kiss
How to Cheek Kiss
Published: 2010/04/29
Channel: Howcast
Cheek Kissing ASMR ♥__♥
Cheek Kissing ASMR ♥__♥
Published: 2013/10/29
Channel: TheOneLilium ASMR
Romigo II 5698 Kiss On Cheek & Hug
Romigo II 5698 Kiss On Cheek & Hug
Published: 2013/04/01
Channel: Fandom2013
Spasha II 5828 Kiss On Cheek & Neck
Spasha II 5828 Kiss On Cheek & Neck
Published: 2013/12/15
Channel: Fandom2013
"Kiss on the cheek" CINEMATIC SELFIE KISS PRANK - Original
"Kiss on the cheek" CINEMATIC SELFIE KISS PRANK - Original
Published: 2015/09/26
Channel: Alex Mihai Films
KISS MY CHEEK!
KISS MY CHEEK!
Published: 2016/02/04
Channel: TheMysticVlog
Spasha II 5803 Kiss & Kiss On Cheek Scene 3
Spasha II 5803 Kiss & Kiss On Cheek Scene 3
Published: 2013/09/28
Channel: Fandom2013
FLIPS FOR A KISS AT THE MALL!
FLIPS FOR A KISS AT THE MALL!
Published: 2017/03/13
Channel: Jack Doherty
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I'M SO AWKWARD!!! German Cheek Kisses
Published: 2017/03/19
Channel: Wanted Adventure
Adrienne and Loni Demonstrate When a Kiss on the Cheek Goes Wrong
Adrienne and Loni Demonstrate When a Kiss on the Cheek Goes Wrong
Published: 2017/02/16
Channel: The Real Daytime
Greeting People With A Kiss (ORIGINAL)
Greeting People With A Kiss (ORIGINAL)
Published: 2013/05/14
Channel: JasonSoSilly
The Etiquette of Social Kissing
The Etiquette of Social Kissing
Published: 2007/12/20
Channel: engclass0
How to Kiss Someone Out of the Blue | Kissing Tips
How to Kiss Someone Out of the Blue | Kissing Tips
Published: 2012/12/07
Channel: Howcast
Cheek Kissing Leads To Being Ignored
Cheek Kissing Leads To Being Ignored
Published: 2013/04/01
Channel: Coach Corey Wayne
A girl kisses me on cheek (must watch)
A girl kisses me on cheek (must watch)
Published: 2017/03/18
Channel: silverboss mossy
Johnny kissing Kenzie
Johnny kissing Kenzie's cheek!!!! 😱😍
Published: 2017/02/11
Channel: Jenzie Fan
May I Kiss You? (on the cheek!)
May I Kiss You? (on the cheek!)
Published: 2015/01/06
Channel: Edwins Generation
Lavagirl kisses Sharkboy
Lavagirl kisses Sharkboy's Cheek
Published: 2014/08/15
Channel: Danielle Santos
Tommy gets a kiss on the cheek from Drizella at the parade while watching with Jonathan and Amanda
Tommy gets a kiss on the cheek from Drizella at the parade while watching with Jonathan and Amanda
Published: 2012/12/19
Channel: lookyus
Brennan kisses booth on cheek
Brennan kisses booth on cheek
Published: 2009/07/04
Channel: MystiqueMel
Cringe at First Kiss | Love at First Kiss
Cringe at First Kiss | Love at First Kiss
Published: 2016/07/25
Channel: TLC
THUMPING SPIKE Ep 12 – Cheek Kiss
THUMPING SPIKE Ep 12 – Cheek Kiss
Published: 2016/05/12
Channel: DramaFever
ALISSA KISSES OLD MAN IN PUBLIC (kiss my cheek challenge)
ALISSA KISSES OLD MAN IN PUBLIC (kiss my cheek challenge)
Published: 2016/12/01
Channel: Team 10
Kissing Strangers
Kissing Strangers
Published: 2013/01/11
Channel: RossCreations
Ariana Grande kiss Dove Cameron on the cheek
Ariana Grande kiss Dove Cameron on the cheek
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: Dove Updates
Auslly kiss on cheek
Auslly kiss on cheek
Published: 2015/02/21
Channel: Genise Genise
ANSWER ME 1988 Ep 8 – Sun Woo
ANSWER ME 1988 Ep 8 – Sun Woo's Cheek Kiss
Published: 2015/12/10
Channel: DramaFever
Camara II 5701 Kiss On Cheek
Camara II 5701 Kiss On Cheek
Published: 2013/04/06
Channel: Fandom2013
AWKWARD ARABIC GREETINGS TO STRANGERS -- KISSING CHEEK PRANK
AWKWARD ARABIC GREETINGS TO STRANGERS -- KISSING CHEEK PRANK
Published: 2017/06/01
Channel: LETZUPLOADIT
CHUBBY CHEEK KISSES CURE DEPRESSION!
CHUBBY CHEEK KISSES CURE DEPRESSION!
Published: 2014/02/25
Channel: SHAYTARDS
Camara II 5664 Kiss On Cheek
Camara II 5664 Kiss On Cheek
Published: 2013/01/25
Channel: Fandom2013
Taryn Winter Brill reports. GMA Experiments: Is a Kiss on the Cheek the New Handshake?
Taryn Winter Brill reports. GMA Experiments: Is a Kiss on the Cheek the New Handshake?
Published: 2016/02/24
Channel: Taryn Winter Brill
Beyonce giving me a kiss on the cheek!
Beyonce giving me a kiss on the cheek!
Published: 2013/11/16
Channel: BJ Noles
Jett & Nina II 5798 Kiss On Cheek
Jett & Nina II 5798 Kiss On Cheek
Published: 2013/09/27
Channel: Fandom2013
【TVPP】Eric Nam – Kiss On The Cheek, 에릭남 -  용선에게 첫 볼 뽀뽀♥ (부끄) @We Got Married
【TVPP】Eric Nam – Kiss On The Cheek, 에릭남 - 용선에게 첫 볼 뽀뽀♥ (부끄) @We Got Married
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: TV-People
Elsa Kisses Jack Frost
Elsa Kisses Jack Frost's Cheek (Frozen)
Published: 2015/12/27
Channel: Superheroes Animation
Kiss me Kate! William and Harry get a peck on the cheek from the Duchess of Cambridge
Kiss me Kate! William and Harry get a peck on the cheek from the Duchess of Cambridge
Published: 2012/05/14
Channel: ODE
Maddy & Chris II 5808 Kiss On Cheek
Maddy & Chris II 5808 Kiss On Cheek
Published: 2013/09/28
Channel: Fandom2013
Tommy Des Brisay visits Tinkerbell and gets a kiss on the cheek!
Tommy Des Brisay visits Tinkerbell and gets a kiss on the cheek!
Published: 2012/03/29
Channel: lookyus
Kissing Joseph
Kissing Joseph's cheek❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘😘
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: Cockatoo Luck
Josh Hutcherson kissing Jennifer Lawrence on the cheek!
Josh Hutcherson kissing Jennifer Lawrence on the cheek!
Published: 2015/11/24
Channel: Hazelle H
Apex II 5821 Hug & Kiss On Cheek
Apex II 5821 Hug & Kiss On Cheek
Published: 2013/10/03
Channel: Fandom2013
Kisses on the cheek
Kisses on the cheek
Published: 2014/03/11
Channel: Kelly Huffington
Laura Marano reveals who she would kiss on the cheek at the RDMA red carpet
Laura Marano reveals who she would kiss on the cheek at the RDMA red carpet
Published: 2015/04/27
Channel: PacificRimVideoPress
【TVPP】Song Jae Rim - Kiss on the Cheek, 송재림 - 데헤헷! 7년 차 부부는 이래! 소은에 기습 볼 뽀뽀 @ We Got Married
【TVPP】Song Jae Rim - Kiss on the Cheek, 송재림 - 데헤헷! 7년 차 부부는 이래! 소은에 기습 볼 뽀뽀 @ We Got Married
Published: 2015/05/07
Channel: TV-People
【TVPP】Yura(Girl
【TVPP】Yura(Girl's Day) - Kiss on the Cheek, 유라(걸스데이) - 달콤 살벌 윷놀이! 벌칙은 볼 뽀뽀? @ We Got Married
Published: 2015/02/26
Channel: TV-People
Neighbours] [6626] Callum & Rani Kiss On The Cheek
Neighbours] [6626] Callum & Rani Kiss On The Cheek
Published: 2013/05/29
Channel: AUSTV2013
Cheek Kiss (Zane X Kawaii-Chan) Part 1
Cheek Kiss (Zane X Kawaii-Chan) Part 1
Published: 2016/07/10
Channel: Chloe Middleton
One little kiss on the cheek.. just kidding! No kisses for you!
One little kiss on the cheek.. just kidding! No kisses for you!
Published: 2016/10/02
Channel: Cheeky Chis
nicody cheek kiss 7/14/14
nicody cheek kiss 7/14/14
Published: 2014/07/14
Channel: autumnstime
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Judas cheek kissing Christ. Oil on canvas by Caravaggio, 1602

Cheek kissing is a ritual or social kissing gesture to indicate friendship, perform a greeting, to confer congratulations, to comfort someone, to show respect, or to indicate sexual or romantic interest.

Cheek kissing is very common in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and Latin America.

Depending on the local culture, cheek kissing may be considered appropriate among family members as well as friends and acquaintances: a man and a woman, two women, or two men. The last is less socially accepted in many cultures,

In Eastern Europe, male–female and female–female cheek kissing is a standard greeting among friends, while male–male cheek kisses are less common. Eastern European communist leaders often greeted each other with a socialist fraternal kiss on public and state occasions.

In a cheek kiss, both persons lean forward and either lightly touch cheek with cheek or lip with cheek. Generally the gesture is repeated with the other cheek, or more, alternating cheeks. Depending on country and situation, the number of kisses is usually one, two, three or four. Hand-shaking or hugging may also take place.

Cheek kissing is used in many cultures with slightly varying meaning and gesture. For example, cheek kissing may or may not be associated with a hug. The appropriate social context for use can vary greatly from one country to the other, though the gesture might look similar.

In cultures and situations where cheek kissing is the social norm, the failure or refusal to give or accept a kiss is commonly taken as an indicator of antipathy between the people, and to dispel such an implication and avoid giving offense may require an explanation, such as the person has a contagious disease such as a cold.

Americas[edit]

United States and Canada[edit]

A father kissing the cheek of his daughter

In the United States and Canada, the cheek kiss may involve one or both cheeks. According to the March 8, 2004 edition of Time magazine, "a single [kiss] is [an] acceptable [greeting] in the United States, but it's mostly a big-city phenomenon."[1] Occasionally, cheek kissing is a romantic gesture.[citation needed]

Cheek kissing of young children by adults of both sexes is perhaps the most common cheek kiss in North America. Typically, it is a short, perfunctory greeting, and is most often done by relatives.[citation needed]

Giving someone a kiss on the cheek is also a common occurrence between loving couples.[citation needed]

Cheek kissing between adults, when it occurs at all, is most often done between a man and woman who know each other well, such as between relatives or close friends. In this case, a short hug (generally only upper-body contact) or handshake may accompany the kiss. Likewise, hugs are common but not required. A hug alone may also suffice in both of these situations, and is much more common. Particularly in the southeastern United States (Southern), elderly women may be cheek kissed by younger men as a gesture of affection and respect.[citation needed]

In Québec, cheek kissing is referred to in the vernacular (Québécois) as un bec ("donner un bec") or la bise ("faire la bise"). Whether francophone or other, people of the opposite sex often kiss once on each cheek. Cheek kissing between women is also very common, although men will often refrain. Two people introduced by a mutual friend may also give each other un bec.[citation needed]

Immigrant groups tend to have their own norms for cheek kissing, usually carried over from their native country.[citation needed] In Miami, Florida, an area heavily influenced by Latin American and European immigrants, kissing hello on the cheek is the social norm.[citation needed] In parts of New England influenced by Franco-American or French Canadian cultures, cheek kissing is popular.[citation needed]

Latin America[edit]

In Latin America, cheek kissing is a universal form of greeting between a man and a woman or two women.

It is not necessary to know a person well or be intimate with them to kiss them on the cheek. When introduced to someone new by a mutual acquaintance in social settings, it is customary to greet him or her with a cheek kiss if the person being introduced to them is a member of the opposite sex or if a woman is introduced to another woman. If the person is a complete stranger, i.e. self-introductions, no kissing is done.[citation needed] A cheek kiss may be accompanied by a hug or another sign of physical affection. In business settings, the cheek kiss is not always standard upon introduction, but once a relationship is established, it is common practice.

As with other regions, cheek kissing may be lips-to-cheek or cheek-to-cheek with a kiss in the air, the latter being more common.

In the Southern Cone countries of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay it is common (almost standard) between male friends to kiss "a la italiana", i.e. football players kiss each other to congratulate or to greet.

As in Southern Europe, in Argentina and Uruguay men kissing men is common but it varies depending on the region, occasion and even on the family.

Europe[edit]

Southern Europe[edit]

Cheek kissing is a standard greeting throughout Southern Europe between friends or acquaintances, but less common in professional settings. In general, men and women will kiss the opposite sex, and women will kiss women. Men kissing men varies depending on the country and even on the family, in some countries (like Southern Italy) men will kiss men; in others only men of the same family would consider kissing.

Greece is an example of a country where cheek kissing highly depends on the region and the type of event. For example, in most parts of Crete, it is common between a man and a woman who are friends, but is very uncommon between men unless they are very close relatives. In Athens it is commonplace for men to kiss women and women to kiss other women in the cheek when meeting or departing. It is uncommon between strangers of any sex, and it may be considered offensive otherwise. It is standard for children and parents, children and grandparents etc., and in its "formal" form it will be two kisses, one on each cheek. It may be a standard formal form of greeting in special events such as weddings.

However, in Portugal and Spain, usually, men only kiss women (even with strangers, although in this case a handshake is more common). In Portuguese families men often kiss men, but the handshake is the most common salutation between them. However, men kissing may occur in Spain as well particularly when congratulating close friends or relatives. Cheek to cheek and the kiss in the air are also very popular. Hugging is common between men and men and women and women; when the other is from the opposite sex, a kiss may be added.[citation needed] In Italy (especially in the South or the Center) it is common for men to kiss men, especially relatives or friends.

In most South European countries, kissing is initiated by leaning to the left side and joining the right cheeks and if there's a second kiss, changing to the left cheeks. In some cases (e.g. some parts of Italy) the process is the opposite, you first lean to the right, join the left cheeks and then switch to the right cheeks.

Southeastern Europe[edit]

In the former Yugoslavia, cheek kissing is also very commonplace, with your nationality being ascertainable by the number of kisses on each cheek. Typically, Croats and Bosniaks will kiss once on each cheek, for two total kisses, whereas Serbs (be they from Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia or Montenegro) will kiss three times, typically starting at the right cheek. In Serbia and Montenegro, it is also not uncommon for men to kiss each other on the cheek three times as a form of greeting, usually for people they have not encountered in a while, while male-female and female-female kissing is also standard.

In Bulgaria cheek kissing is practiced to a far lesser extent compared to ex-Yugoslavia and is usually seen only between very close relatives or sometimes between close female friends.

In Romania, cheek kissing is commonly used as a greeting between a man and a woman or two women, once on each cheek. Men usually prefer handshakes among themselves, though sometimes close male relatives may also practice cheek kissing.[2]

Western Europe[edit]

French president Charles de Gaulle kisses Argentine president Arturo Illia in 1964.

In France, where the custom is called "faire la bise", the cheek kiss came under scrutiny during the H1N1 epidemic of 2009.[3] A popular French joke states that you may recognize the city you are in by counting the number of cheek kisses, as it varies across the country.[4] It is very common, in the southern parts of France, even between males, be them relatives or friends, whereas in the north (Langue-d'oïl France), it is less usual for two unrelated males to perform ′la bise′.

In the Netherlands and Belgium, cheek kissing is a common greeting between relatives and friends (in the Netherlands slightly more so in the south). Generally speaking, women will kiss both women and men, while men will kiss women but refrain from kissing other men, instead preferring to shake hands with strangers. In the Netherlands and the Dutch part of Belgium usually three kisses are exchanged. The same number of kisses is found in Switzerland.[citation needed] In Francophone Belgium, the custom is usually one or three kisses, and is also common between men who are good friends.[citation needed]

In Northern European countries such as Sweden and Germany, hugs are preferred to kisses. It's customary in many regions to only have kisses between women and women, but not men and women, who only shake hands or hug (more familiar) instead.[citation needed]

Although cheek kissing is not as widely practiced in the United Kingdom as in other parts of Europe, it is still commonplace.[citation needed] It is mostly used as a greeting and/or a farewell, but can also be offered as a congratulation or as a general declaration of friendship or love. Cheek kissing is acceptable between parents and children, family members (though not often two adult males), couples, two female friends or a male friend and a female friend. Cheek kissing between two men who are not a couple is unusual but socially acceptable if both men are happy to take part. Cheek kissing is associated with the middle and upper classes, as they are more influenced by French culture. This behaviour was traditionally seen as a French practice.[citation needed]

Asia[edit]

South Asia[edit]

In Pakistan women may kiss female family and close friends, while men typically hug and shake hands with close family and friends when meeting.

In Pashtun and Baloch culture in Pakistan both men and women may kiss close family members on both cheeks. In Gilgit Baltistan - family members may kiss on cheeks followed by a kiss on the hand.

Southeast Asia[edit]

In the Philippines, cheek kissing or beso (also beso-beso, from the Spanish for "kiss") is a common greeting. The Philippine cheek kiss is a cheek-to-cheek kiss, not a lips-to-cheek kiss. The cheek kiss is usually made once (right cheek to right cheek), either between two women, or between a woman and a man. Amongst the upper classes, it is a common greeting among adults who are friends, while for the rest of the population, however, the gesture is generally reserved for relatives. Filipinos who are introduced to each other for the first time do not cheek kiss unless they are related.

In certain communities in Indonesia, notably the Manado or Minahasa people, kissing on the cheeks (twice) is normal among relatives, including males.

In parts of Central, South, and East Asia with predominantly Buddhist or Hindu cultures, or in cultures heavily influenced by these two religions, cheek kissing is largely uncommon and may be considered offensive, although its instances are now growing.[5]

Middle East[edit]

Cheek kissing in the Arab world is relatively common, between friends and relatives. Cheek kissing between males is very common. However, cheek kissing between a male and female is usually considered inappropriate, unless within the same family; e.g. brother and sister, or if they are a married couple. Some exceptions to this are liberal areas within cities in some of the more liberal Arab countries such as Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Tunisia, where cheek kissing is a common greeting between unrelated males and females in most communities. The Lebanese custom has become the norm for non-Lebanese in Lebanese-dominated communities of the Arab diaspora. Normally in Lebanon, the typical number of kisses is three: one on the left cheek, then right, and then left between relatives. In other countries, it is typically two kisses with one on each cheek.

Cheek kissing in Turkey is also widely accepted in greetings. Male to male cheek kissing is considered normal in almost every occasion, but very rarely for men who are introduced for the first time. Some men hit each other's head on the side instead of cheek kissing, possibly as an attempt to masculinize the action. Cheek kissing between women is also very common, but it is also very rare for women who are introduced for the first time. A man and a woman could cheek kiss each other for greeting without sexual connotations only if they are good friends or depending on the circle, the setting, and the location like in big cities.

Cheek kissing in Iran is relatively common between friends and family. Cheek kissing between individuals of the same sex is considered normal. However, cheek kissing between male and female in public is considered to be a punishable crime by the government, but it is known to occur among some young Iranians. In 2014, Leila Hatami, a famous Iranian actress, kissed the president of Cannes Gilles Jacob on the red carpet. Responses ranged from criticism by the Iranian government to support from Iranian opposition parties. Former president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad kissed the mother of former President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez at his funeral.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billinson, Jennifer (March 8, 2004). "How many Kisses?". Time. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Touching, Kissing and Other Physical Contact in Romania". Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "France facing 'la bise' ban over swine flu fears". telegraph.co.uk. 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  4. ^ Interactive map of French departments and the number of cheek kisses commonly performed based on a user poll. http://combiendebises.free.fr/
  5. ^ "Price of a kiss goodbye: Rs. 1,200 and police harassment". NDTV. February 24, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 

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