casual occasions, there is tea; in serious occasions, there is,
again, tea. The Chinese world would almost not
function if tea is taken away from it. Starting this year,
Pods and Petals is
proud to introduce to you and your loved ones specially selected
Chinese tea for your gifting needs.
first, let us explore further, the rich culture of
Chinese tea drinking in Chinese culture.
Firstly, we often hear parents who long for their sons to get
married as "wanting to drink 'daughter-in-law's tea’.
traditional Chinese marriage ceremony, the bride and groom kneel
in front of their parents and serve them tea. That is a gesture
of gratefulness. It's like saying "thanks for
bringing us up. Now that we are getting married, we owe it all
Younger generation greet elder generation with a cup of tea.
That is a way to show their respect.
note is that in organizations and families, only people of lower
rank serve tea to higher rank people. At least
it was like that in the old days.
Today, society is more liberal. Parents may pour kids a cup of
tea at home, bosses, for their subordinates at restaurants. But
this is because the parents and bosses are being nice.
when we have a serious apology to make and words are not enough,
we "pour tea and apologize". That is an act of
remorse and submissiveness.
you ever seen a situation where after guy A pours a cup of tea
for guy B, you see guy B knocking his bended index and middle
fingers (or similar varieties of finger tapping) on the table.
If you bet your savings that they are secret agents, you will
surely go broke. They are just adopting a
Chinese tea drinking tradition.
story goes like this. In the Ching Dynasty some 300-400 years
ago, Emperor Chien Lung liked to visit his kingdom incognito.
Servants were told to maintain low profiles in order not to
reveal their master's identity.
day in a restaurant. The emperor, after pouring himself a cup of
tea, filled the servant's cup as well. To the servant, it was a
huge grace bestowed upon them. Out of reflex, he wanted to kneel
down and thank his master. But he was stopped because that would
give away the emperor's identity. So instead of kneeling on his
knees, the servant kneed with his fingers.
"thanks" knock is still in used today well into
the 21st century
this Chinese New Year, share the Chinese rich
culture of tea drinking with your friends and loved ones. Better
still, warm their heart by serving them a cup of Chinese tea,
specially chosen by
Pods and Petals Giftlab.
Pods & Petals Giftlab
Most of our hampers come with a variety of
Puerr Err Tea with different years’ grades,
Porcelain tea cups sets and other tea accessories. If you want
to know more about our tea and the right way of brewing them,
please email to us and we will provide you with further