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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 1. General Propriety

Chapter 8. Serving Food and Giving and Receiving Gifts

Section 1. About Giving and Receiving Gifts and Serving Food

Giving things to and receiving things from an elder or a guest requires courtesy. Serving food also requires courtesy. Even though these seem to be simple and easy, they can be impolite and offensive if not done properly. Thus, one should maintain a courteous and respectful manner toward others when giving and receiving gifts, even if the interaction is with friends and equals, family members whom we encounter daily, or those of lower status. When a person gives or receives something, or serves food to an elder or a guest, appropriate courtesy is necessary. Discourteous giving and receiving or serving of food will not please anyone and can easily cause discomfort. One who observes propriety must be heedful concerning this.