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Tea Ceremony (敬茶)

Tea Ceremony (敬茶)

Tea ceremony is a Chinese custom where the bride is formally introduced to and accepted into the groom’s family. Kneeling down, the groom and bride will offer tea to their elders. Using the tea set in the bride’s dowry, tea will first be served to the groom’s parents, followed by his paternal grandparents and uncles and aunts, and his maternal grandparents and uncles and aunts, and finally elder siblings. The elder relatives will offer them blessings for their blissful union by giving them jewellery or red packets. During tea serving, the couple must address their relatives by their formal titles. After the elders are served, younger siblings and cousins will in turn, serve tea to the groom and the bride and receive red packets from the newlyweds.

Before the tea ceremony, the couple is served with glutinous rice balls (汤圆) in their bridal room (新房). This practice is known as 结房圆, representing a happy and fulfilling marriage. A young boy is also invited to roll on the couple’s bed, to wish them a life blessed with children.

敬茶

敬茶是介绍新娘给新郎的家人认识的华人风俗。新郎和新娘跪着向长辈们敬茶。首先向新郎的父母敬茶,然后轮到祖父母、叔祖和叔祖母、伯伯和伯母、叔叔和婶婶、姑丈和姑姑们。接着是新郎母亲的家人,从外祖父母开始、到舅舅和舅母、姨丈和阿姨们。最后就是向新郎的兄长和姐姐们敬茶。长辈们会送首饰或红包来祝福新婚夫妇。接下来弟弟、妹妹和表亲们向新婚夫妇敬茶。

敬茶前,夫妇俩会在卧房享用汤圆,这习俗被称为结房圆。一位小男孩也会被请到新婚夫妇的床上翻滚,以祝他们早生贵子。