At ancient times people meeting each other almost performed private dance. They were obliged to do it. In Azerbaijan greeting formula were met also in ancient book made from a cow skin (in the book “Dede-Korkud”). Then some meanings of greeting etiquettes are explained in the article.
The habit of greeting with hand inherited from ancient times. Formerly, people stretched out their hands forward to great each other and showed their palm. They wanted to say that, they didn’t hide any arm and stone in their hands. Romans squeezed each other’s hands from the region of wrist. Because, it was a habit to hide dagger in the sleeve of shirt and dress in the empire of Roma. The gesture of squeezing the wrist is substituted for gesture of handshake in the modern period. That greeting gesture was started to be used widely at the end of XX century. That habit belonged only to males until recently. Handshake means greeting and saying goodbye in any business environment in the most of the European people and in America. Gradually, this method is using in different events. Today, handshake with a woman is absolutely natural. Teachers in New-York colleges compel their students and pupils not to open their palms when they are greet each other. Because, they may infect each other with disease viruses, microbes, flu (especially, Coronavirus infection: A.A.) and other infectious diseases. According to teachers, gently touching the front part of the fist is the safest method of greeting. We see from movies that, this habit is seen in some former students.