Bengali Greetings and Customs

Purabi Khisa wrote to me about greetings in Bangladesh.  She wrote:

"There is no common ‘word’ for everyone to say ‘hi’ in Bengali.  Usually Bengali Hindus say ‘Nomoskar’ to greet each other. Bengali Muslims have another way of greeting.  Older people also say ‘nomoskar’ (Hindu), ‘aslamalaiqum’ in return and ‘waliqumaslam’ (in Muslim) for greeting each other.

In our (Chakma) culture as well as Bengali culture children touch the feet of the elderly people to show respect as a sign of greeting."

Thanks for sharing Purabi! 

In anyone else would like to share their greeting customs, please feel free to write in the comments below.

Mama Lisa

This article was posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 1:52 pm and is filed under Bangladesh, Bengali, Countries & Cultures, Customs and Traditions, Greeting Customs, Languages. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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