What good gestures that your culture has which you can be proud off?

@abednego7 (1060)
Philippines
February 15, 2007 2:13pm CST
In our country, we give our elders a good gesture by holding their hand and place it in our forehead while in a bow position. We call it "Pag-Mano", which we do whenever we arrive or leave the house. I also find it good to see Japanese giving a bow to their visitors. As for other countries, I don't have an idea on how they show their good gestures. You can share yours, this will be a good start for me to know more of your country's culture.
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@lani0529 (1726)
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
Being a Filipino myself, I'm also very proud our Filipino culture of kissing the hand of our parents and elderly ones. It's a sign of giving respect and honor to them.(",) I also like using the words "po" and "opo" when answering to my parents and other people who are older than me. Filipinos are supposed to be respecful and courteous. Hope these traits will continue to go on for generations. Wish other nationalities would drop by and share something.(",)
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@abednego7 (1060)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
I believe that part of our culture is our greatest treasure that should be protected and preserved. It is the only untangible thing that we can make ourselves proud from other race. Like you wish I also hoping that this traits will not become obolete by the modernization stage that our youths are taking right now.
• India
16 Feb 07
I'm an Indian and my culture too has gesture quite same as yours, placing hands on our hesd to wish good luck in life. Another most common gesture seen in India is when the younger ones touch the feet of elders to greet and show respect. I too like japanese way of paying respect and greeting and i too would like to know how people from other parts of the world gesture.
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@abednego7 (1060)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
Wow that's new to me, what do you call that kind of gesture? Thanks for sharing, its really informative indeed.
@gigisexy (220)
• Philippines
16 Feb 07
We have the same culture my friend ...but,sometimes we dont make "Mano"we kiss and hug eps. now adays it becomes like the new trend....and also before u leave we do the same as well..
@abednego7 (1060)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
Good to hear that. I'm thinking that most of Asians share the same value of giving such those gestures. Thanks for your comments.
• Ireland
15 Feb 07
We have no such gestures here in Ireland. However, I introduced my own gestures, or good manners if you like. Whenever somebody comes in to my home I insist that we stand and offer a seat to our guest and I also switch off the radio or the tv if it is on.
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@abednego7 (1060)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
Well what you said is a good gesture of respecting your visitors. Thanks for sharing that in this discussion.
@zavebe (122)
• United States
15 Feb 07
In america, good gestures are very slight and small. We have no set system of manners or anything. But, there are very small things which actually can come across as very polite, and kind. But we have an equality amoung our members so that you can do the same act for a peer, an elder, a women or a man, or even a child. One example is simply holding a door open for someone. While it doesn't seem huge, you come across as quite rude when you let the door slip shut when someone's coming in behind you. It doesn't matter if it's a guy, girl, elder or child behind you, either. I live in the country, and in our small town it's a common polite gesture to either wave or give a polite nod to everyone you see. Even if you don't know them. It makes everyone feel more welcome. We don't have many polite things that we do. But it's not so bad. To show someone a truly polite gesture, all you need to do is be kind to them. If they drop something, pick it up for them. If they fall, help them up. Just be kind to mankind. That's our only real 'gesture' in America.
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@abednego7 (1060)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
You showed me the other side of being Americans. Thanks for such precise explanation that I'm able to know you Americans and what characters behind your white skin. Thanks again for sharing your thinking over this topic.