Hand gestures have different meanings in different countries.
Hand gestures are a quiet and quick way for people to express,
both positively and negatively , a particular feeling or word.
Every culture has it’s own gestures and they do not always
mean the same things universally.
Making the ”O.K.” gesture with the thumb and index finger
is a positive hand gesture in the United States. It is made by
touching the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger.
The other three fingers are extended upward. However, this
hand gesture is considered insulting in France and Latin America.
Finger pointing is considered ill mannered. It is also a way of
placing blame on something or someone. Extending the
index finger outward to point, is done to indicate
When a person curls an index finger a few times,
it is usually done for beckoning or to get another
person to come closer.Performing this gesture in
Japan can be seen as a rude and in Singapore,
it is a sign of death.
Putting a hand palm upward with all fingers pointing
upward is recognised in U.S. as a hand gesture to ”Stop”.
Another meaning is ”Stay Away”. By contrast, in Malaysia,
this gesture is used as a signal that you would like
to say something.
‘Crossed fingers’ is a hand gesture , used to wish
for good luck or to nullify promise. Crossing the
first two fingers of either hand signifies good luck.
The tips of the thumb and index finger touched
forming a circle. All the other fingers are extended
upward. This is the mystic gesture of Taras
(Bodhisattva/Buddha in female form).
The ‘victory’ hand gesture is made by bending
the 3rd and 4th fingers to touch the tip of the
thumb and extending the index and middle finger
upward seperating them by about an inch to
form the letter ”V”.
The thumbs up hand gesture is made by extending
the thumb into the air while curling the other four
fingers inward. It implies, ”well done” or ”things are great”
in western culture.