Family values play vital roles in our social interco--uh, interaction. For instance, many Javanese families share one similar tradition with the Italians: reporting every major occurences to the elder(s).
The difference is there's no Godfather. We do need to touch the elder's hand or cheek to show respect. But failure to do so doesn't result in dramatic consequences. It's pure social relationship. We do it because we think it's natural. Sometimes the situation is far lighter than we expect.
Like the story of a friend of mine, Arga. He had recently got his postgraduate title. They attended a family gathering at his uncle's house. The eldest one present was his grandfather, 93 year old of age. So his parents urged him, "You must convey the good news to your grandfather."
Arga was reluctant. "I don't think it's necessary," he said. "Grandpa won't even remember it."
Yet his parents insisted. "Don't be silly," they said.
Knowing he couldn't convince them otherwise, Arga approached the elder, who was sitting in a comfy chair, "Grandpa?"
"Yes?" his grandfather answered. Suddenly, he looked around in amazement. "What hotel am I at?"
Another friend of mine, Andry, experienced similar thing with Arga's grandfather. During one occurence, the grandfather beckoned Andry and asked, "So you're a friend of Arga?"
It took Andry a while before answering, "Yes."
A long silence passed. Then the grandfather frowned, "I've asked that question before, haven't I?"
"Yes," nodded Andry immediately.