The person kissing bows towards the offered hand and often symbolically touches the knuckles with their lips, while lightly holding the offered hand. Categories : Gestures Kissing Gestures of respect Bowing. Kissing the hand, or particularly a ring on the hand was also a gesture of formal submission or pledge of allegiance of man to man, or as a diplomatic gesture. The practice originated in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Spanish courts of the 17th and 18th centuries. A nobleman kissing a lady's hand, by Pietro Longhi , Finger binary Chinese number gestures Chisanbop.