Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony by the Pacific ocean in Lahaina Maui
The wedding tea ceremony has it's roots in an ancient Chinese marriage custom and completion is an open declaration of marriage. The bride is formally introduced to the groom's family through the tea ceremony; As well the bride's and groom's families are introduced to each other. As a sign of respect the young couple will kneel before their elders when presenting tea to them symbolizing gratitude for taking care of them up to their marriage day and symbolizing that they will take care of their parents as they age. The parents offer words of blessing and gifts. The basic sentiments behind the ceremony are respect for ones elders, family bonds, gratitude and blessings for a fortunate life for the newly wedded couple.
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