Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chinese Wedding Traditions - The Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony is a tradition of the Chinese culture.  Here’s a brief history lesson on the traditions and significants of the ceremony.

The Tea Ceremony is an official ritual to introduce the newlyweds to each other's family, and it's a way for newlyweds to show respect and appreciation to their parents.  The newlyweds kneel in front of their parents, serving tea to both sides of parents, as well as elder close relatives.  Parents give their words of blessing and gifts to the newlyweds.  During the tea presentation, a "Good Luck Woman" would say auspicious phrases to bless the newlyweds and the parents.  Those who receive the tea usually give the bride gifts such as jewelry of “Li Shi” money wrapped in red envelopes.

Couples are still keeping this tradition alive on their wedding day.  To embrace tradition and also some of your own modern ways, host the tea ceremony the day after the wedding just like a post wedding day brunch.  I love keeping traditions alive in the family.  One way to pass down the tradition to your next generation is by keeping the tea set that is usually gifted by the bride’s parents and hand it down to your children.

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Deniesha Joseph

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