Venezuelan Culture

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In Venezuela greetings are a sign of good manners. It is common to greet others by kissing cheeks, hugging, patting on the back, shaking hands and also saying “hello”. We also say “hello” (but not hug or kiss) when a person enters an elevator, bus or some other place, even if the person is a stranger.
It is common to kiss cheeks and hug among family and friends. We hug among men and we kiss on the cheek and hug among friends of opposite sex or among female friends. Venezuelans only give one kiss, so we often forget to expect a second (or third) kiss from other cultures that have this custom. We shake hands when we are meeting a person the first time. Sometimes we even kiss on the cheek when meeting for the first time (opposite sex), this is a sign of trying to be friendly and does not necessarily mean a romantic interest.
It is important to mention that Venezuela is a multicultural country, and that is the reason why we respect and understand persons who do not feel comfortable greeting by kissing or hugging because it is not their custom.
CLOTHING
Venezuela has summer-like temperatures throughout the year because of it’s location in the tropics. This is the reason that we are informal in our style of clothing especially on weekends. We usually wear T-shirts, shorts, jeans, and tennis shoes.
Bathing suits in Venezuela are relatively skimpy, but it is not common to be topless or walk naked on the beach.
The concept of a grand bath does not exist in our culture. We are not accustomed to being naked in front of strangers, even with people of the same sex. Many Venezuelan women are really private in this respect and won’t even be naked with members of their family or close friends. However, once we have experienced the grand bath style we can easily adapt to this custom.
On the other hand, we are formal when we have to be, as Venezuelans enjoy dressing…...

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