I wonder if it is a kind of courtesy extended to the first time visitor or one of the most pompous acts you suffer so as not to offend the host.
In earlier times, middle-class people made you 'see' their under-construction house. I guess, like me, Pu La Deshpande (पु ल देशपांडे) did not enjoy the activity.
Once Pu La was taken to see such a construction and at some point was given two bricks to hold on to. He ended up carrying them for next two hours!
Brick in Marathi is called 'veet' (वीट).
Pu La says at that point he realized from where the expression 'veet yene' (वीट येणे), meaning getting fed up, entered Marathi lexicon: "मी पुढले दोन तास उजव्या हातात घरची आणि डाव्या हातात बाजारची वीट घेऊन त्याचे घर पाहत हिंडत होतो. एखाद्या गोष्टीचा कंटाळा येण्याला वीट येणे का म्हणतात ते त्या दिवशी कळले"
Artist: Amy Hwang, The New Yorker, November 2014