Reblogged from D.Dominik Wicklesromance. Chinese Tea customs and ceremonies. Very interesting.
The purity of tea represents pure love;
the stability of tea stands for faithful love;
the fertility of tea represents many children.
The first written record of a tea ceremony was during the
Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 A. D.).
At a traditional Chinese wedding the tea ceremony is a significant event, formally introducing the bride and groom and showing respect to their families.
After exchanging vows, the couple will serve tea to the groom’s family (the bride would have served tea privately to her own family earlier) or, as a more modern approach, tea will be served to both the bride and groom’s families together.
This act shows respect and gratitude to the parents for all their years of love and care. Sometimes the bride and groom will kneel while presenting the tea or sometimes they will bow. The parents will be seated and the order in which the tea is served…
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