Why are there three glasses of toast and fine wine?

“Oh, I’m late, don’t say much, I’ll punish myself with three cups”, “Come on Come, let me toast you three glasses first”, “After the three glasses of wine are finished, everyone can do as they please.” Presumably everyone is familiar with these words. Usually, at company dinners, family gatherings, and friends’ treats, if you are late, you will basically be punished with three glasses of wine, or everyone will drink three glasses of wine before starting to eat. It seems that this is a convention. thing.

Actually, “three cups of fine wine” was not invented by modern people, but started a long time ago, which is extended from our traditional culture wine table culture. So why? Why not drink one or two glasses but three?

【The Origin of Toast and Fine】

When it comes to toasting and fine wine, this can be traced back to the Han Dynasty. The ancients advocated drinking with restraint, if you don’t drink more than three jue, it is against etiquette. Don’t be a person who “doesn’t know the three wines”, that is to say, a gentleman should stop drinking after three wines, and after drinking three wines, he should consciously put down the glass.

[Sanju wine in ancient times]

< p data-track="6">The source of drinking three glasses of wine evolved from the etiquette of drinking in ancient times. Therefore, the host must drink before the guests, which is a “present”. This etiquette has a long history. The host drinks first, which implies to the guests that “the wine is non-toxic” and that they can drink it with confidence. After the host has drunk, the guests should also drink wine to pay homage to the host, which is regarded as “wine” and “reward”. Afterwards, in order to persuade the guests to drink more, the host himself must drink first to promote it, which is “remuneration”.

After the host has finished drinking, the guests also raise their glasses to drink freely, which is to “entertainment” and respond to the host’s kindness. Ordinary toasts are based on these three nobles.

[The meaning of “three” in the hearts of ancient people]< /strong>

Once there was a survey and statistics that showed that the number that appeared the most among Chinese was “three”. From ancient times to the present, people have a special understanding of “three”. The “Tao Te Ching” says: “Tao begets one, one begets two, two begets three, and three begets all things.” The number “three” is considered to be the source of all things. With auspicious sign. For example: when you get married, you should pay respects to the sky, the ground, and the high hall three times; the most respected person is called the “three respects”, that is, the king, father, and teacher; you should “think twice before doing things” and be considerate before doing things. act. Toasting requires “three tours”, which is polite and restrained. However, in modern society, drinking three glasses of wine in a row has often become a customary saying used by drinking friends to adjust the atmosphere or persuade them to drink.

Actually, while drinking three glasses of wine, you also need to know the meaning of drinking and toasting. First of all, for superiors, venerables, and elders, do it first as a respect; secondly, toast to friends, partners, and peers to express close relationship; thirdly, toast to subordinates and juniors to express blessing, satisfaction, It means very important, so that it continues the connotation of the “three” in the hearts of the ancients.

Since ancient times, China It has been a country of etiquette since ancient times. Many wine cultures and rules have been passed down from ancient times to the present. I did not expect this simple three cups of wine to have such a historical origin. It seems that there are still many wine cultures and knowledge that we need to continue Learn.