Etiquette

Brazilians are pretty informal, but there are a few key rules of etiquette.

  • Greetings When greeting or bidding goodbye to women, an air kiss is exchanged on each cheek (start to her left). Men shake hands with one another.
  • Dining Use a napkin or a toothpick when eating finger food. Brazilians tend to eat pizza with a knife and fork.
  • Touchy subjects Brazilians are exasperated by their country's corruption, but can be defensive if foreigners criticize their government or talk about poverty or religion.