When you were eighteen years old, what kind of adult ceremony would you like to have? Nowadays, many teenagers who know Chinese traditional hanfu will wear elaborate Chinese clothes on the day of the adult ceremony.
The graduates of the British International School chose the traditional adult ceremony as their graduation gift and adult declaration.
Adult teenagers arrived at the scene on time to make up before the ceremony. Their youth is marked by their beautiful black hair.
At ten o’clock in the morning, the guests were seated. The ceremonist, Cai Zehong, dressed in Hanfu and Dongpo scarf, announced the official beginning of the ceremony.
Ji etiquette (笄礼) and guan etiquette (冠礼) are an important part of adult etiquette. Boys and girls are sitting in the middle of the stage wearing top Yi and upper Shang (basic Chinese traditional dress). The teacher solemnly put on their Ji (hairpins) and guan (crowns). It marks that they can pull up their hair from today and show people their mature appearance.
Later, teenagers wear more solemn clothes. The following links are carried out separately. First of all, the boys are on stage. They put on big black sleeves and showed them to the guests.
In traditional Chinese etiquette, toasting is often used as a link to God. It is indispensable in the ceremony of Ji and Guan.
In Chinese culture, when teenagers become adults, they are given a “word” by their parents or family elders. Let a person in the pedigree, the social personality of the complete identity, which reflects and complete.
During the graduation ceremony, there is still a small part. Every parent prepares a small gift for the children to commemorate the past and bless the future.
The audience was very touched. The solemn and serious adult ceremony even touched Dyer, the principal of the British International School. The headmaster even used the Chinese disassembly method to split responsibility into response and ability. He said to the students with deep feeling: “I do hope that this ceremony reminds you this is a lifelong journey. Your ability to respond in positive and proactive ways is something that will continue throughout your lives we are relying on you.”
The ceremony of adulthood ended satisfactorily with applause and congratulations. These Chinese children who grew up in Europe did not forget their motherland thousands of miles away even when they were abroad. They chose to wear Chinese clothes as adult rituals to remember the most important moment in their lives.
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