A tea ceremony is a ritualized form of making tea practiced in Asian culture by the Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, and Vietnamese. The tea ceremony, literally translated as "way of tea" in Japanese, and "art of tea" in Chinese, is a cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea.
This ceremony can happen before or after the wedding ceremony and often include a change of attire. I have facilitated these ceremonies as part of the wedding ceremony, or as a separate ceremony prior to the western style ceremony.
All of these tea ceremonies and rituals show respect to elders and provide well wishes. They contain "an adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday life", as well as refinement, an inner spiritual content, humility, restraint and simplicity "as all arts that partake the extraordinary, an artistic artificiality, abstractness, symbolism and formalism" to one degree or another.
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