Two families leave China 100 years ago, This is a journal recording their passage, their so-journ in Borneo and then on to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, England and beyond. A fascinating account of how time and place have changed the members.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Traditional Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony
Traditional Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony - a precious moment honouring our elders
My niece delighted us by choosing a Traditional Chinese Wedding Ceremony. Katie and Mathew even knelt in front of her relatives. When It came to Joseph, Rose reminded us that those of us who are younger than Charles, her Dad should refrain from letting them kneel before us. We sat on the chair. In the past, we even had to stand.
The Australians were very curious about these. Katie is half Chinese and half Australian and her husband is Australian. After serving the tea, the elders gave them an Ang Pow aka Hong Bao , a love gift, usually in cash and gold jewellery. I was a modern aunty, I gave her an Ang Pao and a costume ear ring.
I was very honoured that Katie chose me to help her pour the special auspicious sweet tea. When it was my turn to be served, Elley took over my job.