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I want to start with the fact that I adore drinking tea – all kinds and flavors. I love nice cups, teapots, sets, and rituals. I feel special when I do something special for myself and participate in memorable ceremonies. The new and the unknown attract me. If somebody invites you to a tea party – go, no matter how snobbish it may seem to you – the experience is impressive. It is even more amazing to have seen different people worldwide drinking tea, and you can share your experiences and make comparisons.
Tea is a type of indulgence and plays an essential role in the society of life in many countries worldwide—I made an association with “smoking the pipe of peace” as a unifying and forgiving ritual.
Usually, we consumed tea at home and social events, and many cultures have created sophisticated formal ceremonies for these events. Afternoon tea is a widespread British custom, copied around the world. Tea ceremonies with roots in Chinese tea culture vary among East Asian countries, such as Japan or Korea. There are different ways to prepare the tea, such as in Tibet, where they’re prepared the drink with salt and butter. Tea can be drunk at small private gatherings (tea parties) or in public places (tea houses intended for social contacts).
There are hundreds of tea and drinking habits in everyday life, and I will tell you about my observations from travels and some traditional aspects of different cultures.
Drinking tea in the United Kingdom became common during the seventeen century and was popularized much later. In the 1940s, the Duchess of Bedford, Anna, decided to organize an afternoon party to save herself of boredom. She began hosting people around four in the afternoon for tea and a snack. By the 1880s, these tea and afternoon talks became a fashionable public event for the bourgeoisie. Like the way the Duchess of Bedford would serve it, traditional afternoon tea consists of selecting gourmet sandwiches, muffins, cakes, and a variety of pastries. Silver tea trays and delicate bone china are commonplace today for fans of royal tea drinking habits.
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