"It is superstitious to put one's hope in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them."
17th century French mathematician, physicist, philosopher
I spend a lot of time working in Asia; Japan, Korea and China in particular, where social "formalities" are complex.
Accepting them is not only essential to success in business, doing so is also enjoyable.
The next time you encounter "formalities" different from what you are used to, give it a try.
Besides being important for whatever you wish to do, you may just enjoy the experience.