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Brazil Customs & Etiquettes
 
 
 
 
 

Meeting Etiquette

• Men shake hands when greeting one another, while maintaining steady eye contact.

• Women generally kiss each other, starting with the left and alternating cheeks.

• Hugging and backslapping are common greetings among Brazilian friends.

• If a woman wishes to shake hands with a man, she should extend her hand first.

Gift Giving Etiquette

• If invited to a Brazilian's house, bring the hostess flowers or a small gift.

• Orchids are considered a very nice gift, but avoid purple ones.

• Avoid giving anything purple or black as these are mourning colours.

• Handkerchiefs are also associated with funerals, so they do not make good gifts.

• Gifts are opened when received.

Dining Etiquette

If you are invited to a Brazilian's house:

• Arrive at least 30 minutes late if the invitation is for dinner.

• Arrive up to an hour late for a party or large gathering.

• Brazilians dress with a flair and judge others on their appearance. Casual dress is more formal than in many other countries. Always dress elegantly and err on the side of over-dressing rather than under- dressing.

• If you did not bring a gift to the hostess, flowers the next day are always appreciated.