6 Kissing Customs and What They Mean

BEAUTY NEWS | 7 August 2017

6 Kissing Customs and What They Mean

Kisses communicate beyond words and come in many different varieties. Anyone can do it and everyone does it differently.

Kissing is the common language of love and affection, practiced within most cultures the world over. Aside from strengthening bonds with family and friends, kissing can help you find the perfect romantic partner by setting off billions of chemical signals that shape the way we feel.

Did you know also, that we share about 80 million bacteria during a passionate 10-second clinch? But don’t let that curb your affections. You’re apparently much more likely to get sick shaking hands throughout the day than sharing a kiss!

Kisses communicate beyond words and come in many different varieties. Anyone can do it and everyone does it differently…

Eskimo kisses

The story goes that Eskimos rub noses because kissing on the lips could cause their lips to freeze together on the chilly ice plains of the Arctic. Actually, this nuzzly gesture isn’t a substitute for kissing at all. It’s a kunick, which is an expression of affection in Inuit culture.

A peck on the cheek

The cheek kiss is all about friendship and affection, according to Sheril Kirshenbaum, author of The Science of Kissing: What our Lips are Telling Us. The person dishing out the cheek kisses may well have romantic feelings, but this gesture is about fondness rather than passion.

French kiss

While it’s unlikely that the French invented this passionate practice (there are plenty of references to the technique in ancient texts), the term ‘French kiss’ is thought to have been adopted by British and American servicemen returning home from Europe after World War One, where they’d observed a much more lusty kissing style.

Kissing under the mistletoe

This festive kissing tradition is believed to originate from the Norse tale of Balder, who was the son of the goddess Friga. When Balder is killed by an arrow made of mistletoe, Friga weeps tears of white berries which bring him back to life. Understandably thrilled, she blessed the life-giving plant and promised a kiss to anyone passing beneath it.

Hand kissing

The ritual of hand kissing can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece, but in more recent times a kiss on the hand was generally considered a good old fashioned salutation. However, etiquette dictates that a man should never kiss a lady’s palm.

Butterfly kisses

You might not see many grown-ups indulging in a butterfly kiss, which doesn’t involve any lip to lip contact. This cute kissing style screams out young love and requires two love-struck participants to stand very close and flutter their eyelashes together.

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AL/2806/07.17/0.001. Date of prep: July 2017

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