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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Chinese Tea Ceremony: It's Importance

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Tea is actually part of China's culture. Chinese Tea ceremony differs greatly from that of English, British and Japanese Tea ceremony. Aside from being the customary drink, Chinese use tea as their herbal medicine and as part of their cuisine as well. Tea is also one of the seven daily necessities in traditional Chinese, the others being firewood, rice, oil, soy sauce, vinegar, and salt.

There are different Chinese customs that would give meaning to Chinese Tea ceremony:

1. Chinese Tea Ceremony on Wedding Day
This is customary especially to large families so they could meet the other family and exchange warm welcomes. During the tea ceremony the couple will call on each family member according to their title. Drinking the tea means acceptance of both family. Most of the time, the elders will give red envelopes to the couple.

2. To Apologize
Classic example is when children pour tea for their parents would mean they are asking for their forgiveness.

3. Family Gatherings
Usually when Chinese children leave home for school or marriage they would meet their parents and family members on a Sunday over lunch and after on a Tea house.

4. Sign of respect
The young ones can treat their elders on tea houses especially on holidays to show their respect. Or when higher ranking persons come to visit them, they pour tea for them.

Now, why on earth do I blog about this? Well, EliteDresses decided that summer is a fun season to teach little girls the importance of Chinese tea ceremony thorough a recreation of their very own Chinese Tea Party! It would be nice if the girls wear their best Cheongsam complete with hairpieces.

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