Originally Posted by Nima
in Iranian culture,
when you get the hookah hose from someone else you tab the person's hand before getting the hose from them as show of respect.
I was smoking at a party and this happened to me and I was baffled until a friend of mine explained it to me.
I have a few simple rules, the obvious don't point the hose at me, thank you very much. Don't tamper with my coals/setup, wait your damn turn you impatient smokers. I don't take offense to seeing the bottoms of people's feet, but I really appreciate it when people display proper etiquette.