Do you know why tea is the second most popular drink in the world? Firstly, tea precedes coffee by more than 3,000 years. It is therefore deeply rooted in several cultures throughout the world. Tea requires little processing and some hot water. This makes its preparation easy. Finally, the simplicity of the ingredients makes it easy to create several variations of this drink in the blink of an eye.

Although this drink probably contains the same ingredients, it is not consumed in the same way across the globe. Discover 5 different rituals and ceremonies surrounding the teas around the world!

The samovar (конфорка) of Russia

The Zavarka is a very concentrated tea that was used during official ceremonies. It is accompanied by the famous samovar. This is a must to have in the house for the Russians.

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On the picture, you can see that the teapot is placed above the samovar. It's just to keep it warm. Indeed, the samovar is a bit like an antique kettle. It is necessary to fill the container with water and light a fire in the internal part, like a chimney. Then, the Zavarka is infused with a little water. The last step is to pour a tea back into a cup and fill with samovar water which gives it a particularly smoky taste.

Several countries share this ritual such as Turkey, Iran and Kasmir.

The Gong Fu Cha in China

It is a Chinese method of preparing tea. It is often used in ceremonies and literally means "the art of knowing how to use different techniques''. At least 10 elements and accessories are used in this method. The whole of this method is based on respect for one another. Moreover, the guests are invited to smell the tea leaves before the infusion.

For tasting, it is necessary to hold the cup with both hands and sip slowly. You have to live in the moment and savor the aromas. The person who prepares the tea usually places the cups to form a semicircle towards the guests.

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The way of Tea in Japan

Chanoyu, Sado, and Ocha are ceremonies that you can find in Japan. They do not only focus on the preparation of the tea, but also on all that relates to greeting guests. Comparing the rituals of tea around the world, Japan comes in first with the precision and complexity of each method.

The Buddhist influences are very present in Japanese ceremonies. Indeed, harmony, respect and bringing people together are at the heart of these ceremonies.

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Preparation of the Sado ceremony

Afternoon tea in England

A large majority of the territories colonized by England now know of the famous afternoon tea. This ceremony was started in the 19th century by Queen Victoria. Although it was Anna Maria Stanhope who created the first snacks before supper, it was the queen who formalized the tradition including tea.

Accompanied by small biscuits, sandwiches, cakes and other delicacies, afternoon tea is still very much in vogue today. Moreover, black tea is the most common with milk and a little lemon.

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The Chai Country in India

Having become the second largest tea producer in the world, India is also home to the popular Masala Chai. It is a mixture of black tea with hot milk, Indian spices and herbs.

There is no formal ceremony like in China or Japan. However, each guest is welcomed with a good cup of tea to chat and have a good time. Convivial, pleasant and unifying, everyone should greet their guests in this way.

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Masala Chai with Chocolate and Star Anise

What about North America?

Finally, when we look closer to home, tea does not seem to have a big impact on our lives. However, the teahouses and specialty shops have become very popular. Certainly we have no ceremonies as elaborate as the East, but as in India, tea is a drink to offer to guests. Accompanied with sugar, milk and even honey, there is no wrong way to drink tea.

Do you practice rituals or any type of tea ceremony?