Etiquette

  • Greetings The Burkinabé are a polite people, and everyone will extend a hand for a handshake when they meet. Special reverence is shown when a person grips the other's right upper arm with their left hand during a handshake.
  • Taboos Make sure you don't shake hands or give things with your left hand, as it is reserved for toilet functions.
  • Modesty Legs are a very sexual part of the body in Burkina, so you're advised – both men and women – to wear long trousers at all times.
  • Attitudes Couples should avoid displays of affection in public.