Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony


Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony

Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony

We love tea and love to learn how tea is used in different ways around the world. We have written about the Chinese Gong Fu Tea Ceremony here. Today we are exploring the Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony! 

Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony

  • What is it? It is the most significant event in a traditional Chinese wedding. Its purpose is to formally introduce the bride and groom and to show respect to their families. Wedding tea ceremonies date back to the Tang Dynasty over 1200 years ago and was called cha dao, or way of tea.
  • Why tea? Tea is China's national drink and it symbolizes respect. Tea is also the symbol of purity, fertility, and stability.
  • When? The tea ceremony for the groom's side is usually done in the morning and for the bride's family it is usually done in the afternoon when the bride and groom have finished the bride's home visit.
  • How? The groom is on the right and the bride is on the left. The family will sit in chairs while the couple kneels and serves the tea in order of seniority to show respect and appreciation. After the tea is served, gifts are presented to the couple, usually in red envelopes containing jewelry or money. Younger siblings and cousins who help with the tea ceremony will receive gifts from the couple afterwards and will be blessed with a happy marriage or abundant wealth.
  • What kind of tea? Sweet black tea is used to symbolize a sweet begining to life and to bring happiness. The tea set is a beautiful keepsake traditionally given by the bride's family.

I hope you have enjoyed learning a little about the Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony as much as I have. Have you ever been a part of or seen a Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony? If so, share your experience with us in the comments below!

Raising my cup to you,

Rosanne


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