TAKING A CUP OF TEA TO CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR IN ASIA COUNTRIES

The Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in some East Asian countries.

The Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in some East Asian countries like China, Vietnam, Korea and in places where natives of those countries and their families reside. In fact, a quarter of the world's population celebrates the holiday.

It gets everyone in the household busy: cleaning up the house for another new beginning; decorating with flowers and new tapestries, piling the living room with fruits and candies for guests, writing lucky sayings on couplets with calligraphy that you have practiced only last New Year; getting new clothes and shoes for everyone in the family; filling red packets with money for dispatching to young ones and the seniors; annual visits to relatives and friends …

For many families, the beginning of the first day in New Year starts off with drinking tea. Frequently offered from the youngest generation to the eldest, this cup of tea is shared as a gesture of respect and a symbol of prosperity in the coming year. The offering of tea as a gift on special occasions has been a custom for centuries and spans many cultures for many different reasons.

In Vietnam, all guests are welcomed with tea and sweet fruits and treats to sweeten the upcoming year. The tea takes centre stage and so is often accompanied by a simple selection of nuts, melon seeds, and dried fruits.

Another example is found in Southern China where guests are usually welcomed with three cups of tea. Each cup has a meaning: 

- First cup is sweet to bring "sweetness" in the near year;

- Second cup is a smoked bean tea, a blend of tea leaves, shredded carrots, orange peels, perilla seeds and sesame seeds. It's said to wish "harmony"; and

- Final cup is instead a cup of simple green tea, offered after a meal to conclude the tea ceremony. 

On behalf of Future Generation Company, we wish you, your family and all our partners a new year filled with peace, good health and happiness.

All the best wishes for 2020!

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