Etiquette

In general respect is shown to the elderly, especially men who are known as aksakal (white beards).

  • Greetings Shake men's hands with the greeting 'salom' or 'salom aleikum'. For added respect place your left hand over your chest.
  • Amin At the end of a shared meal run your hands over your face in the amin gesture to signify thanks.
  • Tea There is formalised etiquette when pouring out tea. Rinse out your piala (small tea bowl) with a drop of hot tea, then return a piala-ful to the pot three times before the tea is considered ready to drink.