Global icon Priyanka Chopra has tweeted about the importance of ditching the handshake or the hug as a greeting gesture amidst the worldwide outbreak of the novel Coronavirus. And here's where the age old tradition of namaste as a greeting comes in. "It's all about the namaste," desi girl Priyanka Chopra wrote on her Instagram and shared it with a montage of some of the times greeted the cheering crowds with a namaste on international red carpet events. "An old but also new way to greet people in a time of change around the world. Please stay safe everyone," she added in her post.
Be it the Golden Globes or the Oscars red carpet, Priyanka's namaste has become a customary affair over the years. And not just across borders, Priyanka's carries on with the tradition even at home. Here are some of the times Priyanka's namaste sent the paparazzi into a tizzy.
Priyanka Chopra got married to Nick Jonas in December of 2018. She even helped Nick Jonas perfect the namaste like this:
The namaste has caught on as the new hello indeed. Veteran actor Anupam Kher was one of the first ones to suggest namaste as a greeting while Salman Khan shared a "salaam-namaste" post on Instagram.
Of late I am being told by lots of people to keep washing hands to prevent any kind of infection. I do that in any case. But also want to suggest the age old Indian way of greeting people called #Namaste. It is hygienic, friendly & centres your energies. Try it. #caronaviruspic.twitter.com/ix7e6S8Abp— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) March 3, 2020
In the worldwide scenario, US President Donald Trump and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar were seen greeting each other with a namaste at the White House. A video of Britain's Prince Charles greeting people at the London Palladium with a namaste is crazy viral. French President Emmanuel Macron recently greeted Spain royals with folded hands instead of the customary French tradition of a peck on the cheek. Earlier, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also asked citizens to opt for namaste.
Président Macron has decided to greet all his counterparts with a namaste, a graceful gesture that he has retained from his India visit in 2018 pic.twitter.com/OksoKjW7V8— Emmanuel Lenain (@FranceinIndia) March 11, 2020
Looks like Priyanka Chopra has been doing the namaste long before the Coronavirus outbreak.