I'm referring to when you greet each other.

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I would say something like se dieron dos besos - the location of the kisses is understood in most of the contexts -.

I am going to give you something to read:

Es llegar a cualquier sitio y, para saludar, dos besos en la mejilla. Muac, muac. Siempre igual y con el mismo resultado: impactos de mejilla o de labios en la mejilla, restos de saliva o pintalabios que limpiamos más o menos disimuladamente, picos accidentales por no poner primero la mejilla derecha? ¿Y por qué esa costumbre de dar dos besos para saludar? «Es una cuestión cultural»...

"Dos besos, ¿por qué?" by Alba Precedo (La Voz de Galicia - 13/02/2016)

It is not a translation page or a dictionary, it is from a newspaper and it uses this expression, so you would read a little bit of the context that it is used

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    Es bueno copiar las partes relevantes de los enlaces, pues si se rompen se pierde todo el contenido
    – fedorqui
    Mar 6, 2020 at 20:17
  • Why two? The kiss can be simultanous.
    – c.p.
    Mar 7, 2020 at 17:19
  • @c.p. in my area (north of Spain), greeting women involves two kisses on the cheeks, and we most often call it "darse dos besos", instead of the other expressions that use the word "mejilla(s)". It just has evolved that way there, but it seems to have evolved differently in other areas...
    – wimi
    Mar 9, 2020 at 9:07

To kiss [someone's] cheek

in Spanish is

besar [a alguien] en la mejilla

Among many other meanings, the pronoun se can be used to express reciprocity, so "to kiss each other's cheek" would be "besarse en la mejilla" (or "besarse el uno al otro en la mejilla", if the shorter version isn't clear enough, although most people can't kiss their own cheeks so there is no ambiguity here).

  • wow, thank you! Mar 6, 2020 at 15:35
  • how do you say "to hug each other" or "they often hug each other". Referring to when ur greeting each other. Mar 6, 2020 at 15:46
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    Comments aren't for additional questions, but those are "abrazarse" and "a menudo se abrazan", respectively. You could just look it up, though. Mar 6, 2020 at 16:24

The way I would say it simply is Saludar de beso en la mejilla (en el cachete)

  • I would say in your case, Saludar CON beso en la mejilla
    – Iria
    Mar 9, 2020 at 9:49
  • @Iria debe ser algo regional, pero en Colombia decimos "saludar DE beso"
    – DGaleano
    Mar 9, 2020 at 21:16
  • será, dicho así con esa preposición me suena MUY raro, pero si lo decís en Colombia es eso, algo regional
    – Iria
    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:53

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