Etiquette

Warm and sociable, Haitians observe some unspoken rules of etiquette, particularly when it comes to greetings.

  • Strangers acknowledge each other in the street by saying bonjou (good morning) or bonswa (good afternoon).
  • It's common to shake hands with men, women and children when meeting for the first time and when saying goodbye.
  • Females are often greeted with a kiss on each cheek.
  • Not all earthquake survivors want to discuss their experience, so exercise your judgment.