Kissing is a universal act that applies to every culture and country. The meaning of the kiss, however, varies with each country. Kisses have always been an expression of love, care and concern.
Knowing the meaning of a kiss in different parts of the world would allow you to understand more the customs governing countries across the world.
Indians are very particular about their public display of affection.
Kissing in public is generally condemned. One incident that had caused an uproar among Indians is American actor Richard Gere’s kissing of Indian actress, Shilpa Shetty.
Most Indians were aghast with Gere’s light kiss on Shetty’s cheeks, and they find it insulting. Indian showbiz personalities and some of the younger generation, however, are more liberated, and found no malice in Gere’s actions. As a rule, though, do not kiss any person in public to play safe in India.
In Delhi, a public kiss would be fined $12. In private, only married couples could kiss on the lips, and sometimes, a kiss on the cheeks and a hug from family members is allowed.
Kissing in public, whether it is on the lips or on the cheeks, and whether it is among couples or relatives is strictly prohibited. It is considered a crime to show affection in public. A British man and woman were jailed for one month because they were caught kissing in the mall in front of other people.
Most Middle Eastern countries consider kissing in public as indecent and immoral and are given sanctions.
Italians kiss in public or in private with their spouses, their family members, and friends. They show affection by hugging and kissing without lending any malice to the kiss unless specifically intended.
They are expressive of how they feel. Just like in any civilized country, there is a limit to what they can do in public.
Of all the countries in the world, Americans are the most demonstrative of their affection and love. They kiss in public anywhere they want to.
A few of them even engage in orgies, and unusual sexual expressions. There are laws concerning lewdness and indecency, though, that foreigners should be aware of.
Decent people do not just make love in public places, and sanctions are given to those who flagrantly violate the law. Although, gay relationships are now accepted in some states, several people still view gay kissing in public as an affront to their sensibilities.
Kissing in public in London is fine if the persons do not French kiss. A light kiss on the lips and the cheeks is accepted. You would be charged with indecency, nevertheless, if you do heavy necking and petting in public.
In comparison to the Americans, the British are more conservative in their public display of affection.
Filipinos are like their Southeast Asian neighbors, they display public affection sparingly. Couples could kiss each other’s lips and cheeks in public. Family and friends could greet each other with a kiss on the cheeks and a hug.
Sanctions are given to persons who do more than the light kiss. They would be charged with indecency and immorality and would be fined and incarcerated depending upon the gravity of their offenses.
Kissing customs vary for each country, so when you visit other countries you should be familiar with their culture. If unsure of the customs, then don’t do it. It is always best to play safe to avoid unnecessary pain and embarrassment.