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Chinese New Year Tea Etiquette

Chinese New Year Tea Etiquette

Happy Chinese New Year! Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year, a day packed full of festivities and Chinese cultural traditions.

Chinese New Year Tea Etiquette

Happy Chinese New Year! Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year, a day packed full of festivities and Chinese cultural traditions.

Traditionally, Chinese New Year celebrations last for 23 days, this is also known as Spring Festival. On the first day families will take part in cultural celebrations, such as a traditional tea ceremony.

To begin the tea ceremony the eldest generation of the family will sit on chairs promptly placed in the living room. They are then offered sweet tea by the next generation of family members. This is repeated for each generation, with the younger generation offering sweet tea to their parents and so on. Everyone is required to dress smartly and they must follow the proper tea ceremony etiquette.

Chinese New Year Tea Etiquette

The server must face the receiver while standing and bowing slightly. The cup and saucer should be held with both hands, with the cup handle facing right for the receiver to grab. Sometime smaller teacups without handles are used, these would be presented on a tray.

Once they have presented the tea, the server folds his/her hands in front of them and wishes there family member a prosperous New Year. When the tea is sipped, the older family member will give a gift in a red envelope or packet, this is typically money.

Chinese New Year Tea Etiquette

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