Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak, 'Namaste' Reaches The Popularity In The World

Ankita Chetana |Mar 13, 2020

From a traditional way with the national trait, Indian greeting 'Namaste' has appeared globally to become a nice gesture in the coronavirus outbreak.

Namaste isn't strange to Indian people for a century and goes to the traditional cultural beauty of the nation. It would be thought that we can only see this greeting way in India, but surprisingly, it becomes a famous action over the world. Many people advocate it when the globe is facing the serious pandemic of Covid-19.

Donald Trump Namaste
Donald Trump greets with Namaste

First of all, we need to understand the meaning of 'Namaste'. The original meaning of this action comes from the word comprising. The Sanskrit phrase is formed by 'Namah' which means 'bow, adoration, obeisance' and 'te' which means 'to you'. So literally, 'Namaste' means 'bow/adore/obey to you', indicating a nice gesture when greeting.

When doing a Namaste, we need to fold our hands and press our palms together. This gesture doesn't ask for a mutual touch, which fits the current situation of coronavirus spread. Even President of the U.S.A. Donald Trump also acts on it to greet other people.

Namaste worldwide
Namaste - the way we are facing coronavirus outbreak

In a talk about Namaste, Trump stated: "We didn't shake hands today and we looked at each other and said what are we going to do? Sort of a weird feeling. We did this. I just got back from India and I didn't shake any hands there. It was easy."

According to him, both India and Japan are dealing with the spread of deadly coronavirus in their greeting way. Last week, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu also joined Trump to require his people to fold hands when greeting each other. He could not deny that Namaste contributes partly to the battle against Covid-19.

On March 11th, the official account of the Ambassador of France to India shared a tweet that read: "President Macron also has decided to greet all his counterparts with a namaste, a graceful gesture that he has retained from his India visit in 2018."

Prince Charles Namaste
Prince Charles leads the world in adoration with the Indian way of greeting

On the other hand, the video showing Prince Charles doing this gesture has become popular on social media. He charged the gesture when appearing at the Prince's Trust Awards at the London Palladium two days back.

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