What goes on during a Vietnamese Tea Ceremony?
The Vietnamese Tea Ceremony or Đám Hỏi is a time when couples exchange rings, pay respects to their ancestors, and honor their parents. Ususally, the groom's side of the family will line up in a procession outside the house bearing gifts underneath red cloths that will be given to the bride and her family. Then someone close to the bride will be the official door greeter as he welcomes the groom and his procession into the bride's house.
Once everyone is inside the house, it's time for the introductions for each side of the family- including pictures of ancestors. The bride is then called out of her room and escorted to her husband-to-be. Depending on their faith, they will either ask God or their ancestors for blessing upon their union. Tea is then served by the couple to their parents as a sign of respect followed by advice and well-wishes from the parents.
After the tea ceremony, comes a time of feasting, fun, and getting to know each other's families! Traditional Vietnamese food is always sered but in the modern day, couples love to add their own creative twist to it.
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