Indonesian Culture


  • Greetings between two people of the same gender usually involve a handshake.
  • Devout Muslims may prefer not to touch people of the opposite gender. 
  • Some Indonesians may place their hand on their heart or bow slightly after shaking hands.
  • Women may choose to bow with their hands folded instead of shaking hands.
  • People may greet close relatives by shaking hands and kissing one another on both cheeks.
  • Younger people do not call those older than them by their first name, but rather call them “Bapak” (Mr.), “Ibu” (Mrs.) or “Kakak” (elder).
  • Always greet people in order of their age (from eldest to youngest) in informal and family settings. 

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