The origin of shaking hands

The origin of shaking hands


In China when people meet each other they usually shake hands saying ‘Ni Hao’ or ‘Hello’. But how did this tradition begin? Dating back to the stone age, the primitive people always held their stone weapons or stick when they were hunting or fighting. When they met strangers, if they were not hostile, they would put down their weapons, stretch out their hands and let the other touch their palms. This meant they weren’t holding any weapons. Gradually it has become the popular etiquette of hand-shaking and saying ‘Ni Hao’.

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