South Sudanese Culture


  • It is common to greet people with a handshake in South Sudan. It is rude not to offer your hand in a greeting.
  • People may pat each other on the shoulders before shaking hands and close friends or family may embrace.
  • Women may give three kisses on alternating cheeks when greeting people.
  • Kneel or bend down during greetings to respect people's seniority, especially if they are older than you.
  • The common verbal greetings in Bari are “Do pure” (Good morning), “Do parana” (Good afternoon) and “Gwon ada?” (How are you?).
  • It is usually appropriate to address someone by their first name, unless they are an elder, teacher or religious leader. For superiors, use their title and surname.
  • South Sudanese greetings are generally less formal than greetings between North Sudanese Muslims.

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