Etiquette

  • Greetings Standard handshakes are common, particularly between men. Women kiss each other on the cheek.
  • Giving Thanks If you visit some of Kazakhstan's holy sites with pilgrims and share a meal with them, it's customary to run your hands over your face afterwards as a way of giving thanks.
  • Vodka If staying with a Kazakh family or invited out by Kazakh friends, drinking shots of neat vodka may be involved. It's customary to make a toast before downing the shot in one.