… more than just a lip service
July 6th was the International Day of the Kiss. For many, the kiss is an expression of love and tenderness and has an erotic meaning. But does it look the same everywhere with the kissing culture?
For most Europeans and North Americans the kiss has if not a sexual, then at least an erotic meaning. Couples in love kiss; this is shown in many Hollywood movies. Mostly romantic music plays in the background and the couple lies in their arms. However, this kind of kissing culture does not apply everywhere. In many countries it is considered unseemly to exchange tenderness in public. There is not only no kissing culture, there kissing in public is even forbidden. These include India, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Dubai.
In Japan and China, kissing in public is not a popular practice because it is seen as a sexual prelude. In other countries, on the other hand, the culture of kissing is completely different. And in Poland, the kiss on the hand was (and still is) a gallant gesture and expression of respect and adoration, which is only granted to ladies who are especially appreciated.
In South America the kissing culture is also completely different. There, it is common for people of different sexes to greet each other with a kiss that follows a certain ritual.
When a woman and a man who know each other well meet, they first press the cheeks of one side of their faces together and breathe a kiss into the air. Then they repeat the whole thing on the other side. Direct kissing on the mouth, on the other hand, is considered inappropriate (at least in public).
What do the researchers say about the culture of kissing?
They don’t agree on why people kiss. Some say it has a sexual background, others claim that the culture of kissing dates back to ancient times, when mothers chewed their toddlers’ food and fed them with their mouths. Be that as it may, everyone agrees that kissing is healthy. It reduces stress, prevents diseases and strokes and even slims. Whether or not this is really true has not been proven one hundred percent. But kissing definitely makes you happy. For this reason alone, the culture of kissing is an important part of everyday life.