I agree with you, the hand-kissing. That would be sweet.
that viking thing where you cut the palm of your hand and shake the hand of one whos done the same. its some sort of blood bond/oath. :P
Close friends of the same gender greeting each other and cheek-kissing was sweet when I was a young girl living in north Missouri. I saw the same custom in Morocco, it has mostly died here in the U.S.
wakes instead of "viewings"