Yoruba Culture

GREETINGS – PART II

Greetings in Yoruba land is not limited to morning alone. It takes place at other periods of the day, week, month or year. Please find below example of exchange of greetings between a child and an adult.  An adult in this case could be the parent, an elderly person, or other senior fellow within or outside the family.

FROM DAWN TO 12 NOON

Child: Ẹ k’áàárọ o (tabi Ẹ kú òwúrọ o) i.e. Good morning.

Adult: Ooo. Pẹlẹ o o K’áàárọ. Se dáadáa l’o ji? i.e. Hello Good morning. Did you wake up well? or How are you doing?

FROM 12 NOON TO 4.00 P.M.

Child: Ẹ k’áàsan (or Ẹ kú ọsan) i.e. Good afternoon.

Adult: Ooo. Pẹlẹ oo, K’áàsan. Se dáadáa l’o wa? i.e. Ooo. Good afternoon. Hope you are well or How are you doing?

FROM 4.00 P.M. – 6.30 P.M.

Child: Ẹ kú irọlẹ i.e. Good evening.

Adult: Ooo. Pẹlẹ oo Kú irọlẹ. Se dáadaa l’o wa? i.e. Ooo. Good evening. Hope you are well or How are you doing??

FROM DUSK – 12 MIDNIGHT

Child: Ẹ k’áalẹ (or Ẹ kú alẹ) i.e. Good evening.

Adult: Ooo. Pẹlẹ oo K’áale. Se dáadaa l’o wa? i.e. Ooo. Good evening. Hope you are well or How are you doing?

GOING TO BED

Child: O d’aarọ o (or O di àárọ) i.e. Good night (or See you in the morning).

Adult: Ooo. Pẹlẹ oo, Ká sun un’re. Ká sun láyọ. Láyọ la o ji. i.e. Ooo. Good night. See you in the morning. Happy night’s rest.

No matter the period of the day, by training the child is expected to maintain the greeting posture, that is prostrate if a male or kneel down if female, when greeting the parents or elderly people. We shall consider greetings for certain occasions or seasons in the next presentation.

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