Among all Tibetan customs, the best known is that of providing a khatag (or kata), or white scarf, as a sign of welcome. The khatag is an auspicious symbol. It marks a positive note for the beginning of an action or relationship and highlights the good intentions of the person offering it. The khatags are offered to religious representations like the statues of the Buddha, as well as to Lamas and officials. This offering can be also made as a request for help associated with prayers recitation for the benefit of a person or other services. To accompany a request with a khatag denotes that the demand expressed is devoid of personal interests.