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Do and Don't
When visiting Indonesia,
visitors should observe local customs and
practices. Some common courtesies and customs
are as follows :
Although handshakes are generally acceptable
for both men and women, some Muslim ladies may
acknowledge introductions to gentlemen by
merely nodding and smiling.
A handshake should only be initiated by
ladies. The traditional greeting or salam
resembles a handshake with both hands but
without the grasp.
The man offers both hands, lightly touches his
friends outstretched hands, and then brings
his hands to his chest to mean, "I greet you
from my heart". The visitor should reciprocate
It is polite to call before visiting a home.
Shoes must always be removed when entering a
Drinks are generally offered to guests. It is
polite to accept.
The right hand is always used when eating with
one's hand or giving and receiving objects.
The right forefinger is not used to point at
places, objects or persons. Instead, the thumb
of the right hand with four fingers folded
under is the preferred usage.
Shoes must be removed when entering places of
worship such as mosques and temples. Some
mosques provide robes and scarves for female
Taking photographs at places of worship is
usually permitted but always ask permission
Toasting is not a common practice in .
The country's large Muslim population does not