Rituals and traditions
Tea is more than just a beverage. It is a storyteller who binds generations together, crosses borders and has shaped many cultural rituals and traditions worldwide. Since its discovery in ancient China, tea has spread throughout the world and has been integrated into many cultural customs and rituals.
Here is a little insight into the use of tea as a cultural drink.
China’s Tea Ceremony:
The history of tea begins in China, where it has been cultivated and drunk for thousands of years. The Chinese Tea Ceremony, Gon
gfu Cha, is an elaborate practice that emphasizes the precise preparation and presentation of tea. The ritual is complex and meditative, where each movement has a meaning.
Japan’s Tea Ceremony:
In Japan, the tea ceremony is known as “Chanoyu” or “Sado”. This ceremony is deeply rooted in Zen Buddhism and represents harmony, respect, purity and silence. It is not only a way of making tea, but also a way of life and a philosophical approach to life.
Tea became popular in Britain in the 17th century. The British tea custom, also known as “afternoon tea”, became popular during the Victorian era and is now an important social ritual. Here, tea is typically served with sandwiches, scones and cakes.
India’s Masala Chai:
In India, tea has become an indispensable part of daily life. The popular “masala chai” consists of black tea brewed with spices such as cardamom, ginger, cloves and black pepper. It is often drunk on the streets in small tea stalls.
Morocco’s Mint Tea:
In North Africa, especially Morocco, mint tea is an important ritual of hospitality. Served in silver teapots and drunk from small glasses, this sweet, peppermint perfumed drink is a symbol of Moroccan hospitality.