The khatak symbolizes purity and compassion and are worn or presented with incense at many ceremonial occasions, including births, weddings, funerals, graduations, and arrival or departure of guests. It is usually made of silk. Tibetan khatak are usually white, symbolising the pure heart of the giver, though it is quite common to find yellow-gold khatak as well. Tibetan and Bhutanese khataks feature symbols of eight auspicious signs. There are also special multi-colored khataks. Mongolian khataks are usually blue, symbolizing the sky. The Tibetans[which?] commonly[according to whom?] give a kind acknowledgment of "Tashi Delek" (meaning good luck) at the time of presentation.
In Mongolia, Khataks are also often tied to ovoos, stupas, or special trees and rocks.