The Kiss on the Cheek Gesture


The kiss on the cheek gesture is a form of greeting among close friends and family members.  It is a common gesture performed in many parts of Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Latin America.  Male-female and female-female cheek kissing is more common, with male-male cheek kissing usually only done between the closest of friends.     While I was not able to discover the origins of this gesture, I have personal experience with it.  Whenever my father and I go to Poland every year, I always see him and his friends do this, and it is very common even among children.

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