Tea is considered to be a traditional drink in China and is used on daily basis. Drinking tea everyday is a family tradition in China. Tea, usually green, is boiled in a large pot for whole family, and then poured into cups. In addition to that Chinese people point out several special general occasions for tea ceremony.
- A Sign of Respect: In Chinese society it’s common to show respect towards elders by serving them tea. In past, the tea was served by people with lower social standing, though nowadays, as a result of liberalization, sometimes parents serve tea to children and even supervisor may serve tea to his subordinates.
- Family Reunion: Starting a family and going to a far place to work children rarely visit their parents and grandparents don’t see their grandchildren often. That’s why the family tea parties in restaurants are the important part of family reunions. During Sundays Chinese restaurants are full with visitors, especially during holidays. This proves the importance of family values in China.
- Apology: It is passed through Chinese tradition to offer a cup of tea to the person to whom you apology. This is a sign of genuine repentance and obedience.
- Thanking Elders on the Wedding Day: In Chinese tradition, during the wedding ceremony the bride and groom in token of respect serve tea to the parents while kneeling in front of them. Parents drink the tea and give a red envelop to the newlyweds, which symbolizes fortune.
- Preservation of Traditions: It’s common in Chinese tradition to get together with friends and relatives for tea, and during that time the elders start telling the younger ones about traditions, thus passing the immemorial tradition.