I was raised to greet people with cheek kissing and hand kissing. Hand kissing is a more common way to greet the elders, whereas cheek kissing is to greet everyone, but for me it's more commonly practiced within friends and family. At every family gathering you could literally see people doing that. ><
Another common gesture used is the 'salam' gesture. Salam is basically just both your hands gently touching the other person's hands, before bringing your hand back towards your heart. But nowadays with close friends we just bump our fists. xD
So what's your way of greeting people? (=
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I like the Salam greeting. That sounds like a very sweet gesture :-).
In my country Switzerland, we also do a lot of cheek kissing (between everyone, not just women). However, contrary to the French custom (which was copied by some other countries), Switzerland is to my knowledge the only country in the world where people kiss three times instead of two times. You always start with the left cheek, so it's left-right-left. This has already created a couple of funny-awkward experiences when I was greeting friends in Spain because they only kiss twice like in France and so they got really confused when I tried to kiss them one more time ;-).
Between strangers, we usually just shake hands like in most western countries. If two men are good friends, they usually give each other a warm hug (without the back-patting and it's a little longer than in North America).
One quite special way of greeting is among young people of the opposite sex. When we're in high school or university and we have a good friend of the opposite sex, we sometimes kiss them on the lips for saying hello and goodbye.2