Traditional Tea Ceremonies

Tea is a most popular beverage all over the world. We may drink tea as a daily routing or habit. Have you ever thought that drinking tea became a ceremonial event in your life what would it looks like? Yes, there are such ceremonies called ‘Traditional Tea Ceremonies’ in some countries. 

We will explore the most prominent tea ceremonies or tea traditions around the world. Asian countries take the lead in traditional tea ceremonies. China and Japan are the popular countries which are continuing the tea ceremonies as a part of their culture. In addition, Korea, Morocco, Russia, Turkey, Tibet, Argentina, Iran and many more countries are having tea tradition of their own which is a part of their culture. Now we will closer look at the most ancient and special tea ceremonies from the above list.

China take the first place of the list since it is the initiative country of these traditional tea ceremonies or traditional tea culture. In China, art of brewing and serving tea is called ‘Cha Dao’. This ceremony is specially focused on feeling the aroma and the taste of tea. The tea server is specially trained for these traditional ceremony. Small clay pot is used to brew the selected tea type. 

First this pot is washed by the hot water which is as same temperature to use brewing the tea. Then the selected tea leaves will be poured in to the pot using bamboo spoon or chopsticks. As a special procedure poured tea will be undergone a quick washing with same hot water which use to brew the tea. Then the server will brew the tea with right volume of the water in proper temperature. After a certain time, mostly within few minutes, brewed tea will be poured in to the cups of guests as two third of the cup is filled. Then teas will be served to the guests. According to the tradition finishing tea with three sips would be considered as a respectful behavior. In ancient China, knowing the tea tradition by a woman has been considered as a qualification be a bride of a rich and honorable family. It explains the well about how deep this tea tradition has been connected with the culture.

Major attribute of the Japanese tea ceremony is experience calm nature and enjoy the relaxation. In Japan there are two major tea ceremonies which are called Matcha (Chanoyu) and Sencha. Matcha is the most popular ceremony among them where four guests are invites. In this tradition tea maker or the server is called as Teishu or Tea Master. Most of the times this Matcha ceremony is taking placed in tea houses surrounded by small garden full of green trees and rock arrangements called rock gardens. During this ceremony you have to be formal and stick to the traditional methods. The guest cannot enter the tea house in a hurry as they wish. You have to wait in the garden entrance until tea master let you enter the garden where tea house is located. Tea master will serve you some water to wash your hands and let you enter the tea house then. After you enter the tea house tea master will prepare the Matcha tea (powdered green tea) using bamboo wisk and traditional Japanese ceramic tea bowls and serve them in small quantities poured in to tea bowls. Usually sweets are served to the guests with these matcha tea due to its bitter taste. Now comes the specific tradition of drinking tea in this ceremony. When the tea master serves the guest his or her tea, they bow and take it by their left hand and transfer it to the right hand and place it on the table. Then guest circulate or turn the cup in right circular to avoid drinking tea from the side that facing him or her as tea master served them. It is considered as that the guest is not worthy enough to drink from the side tat master server the tea as it is the best side of the cup. It is considered as an act of respect towards the tea master. As most of the Japanese people are not belong tea houses they become the members of a tea clubs and enjoin these traditions often. That will explain how much they love these tea ceremonies.

Now you have earned a detailed knowledge on world’s most ancient and unique tea ceremonies. Hope you will dig in to the interesting traditions of the other tea cultures around the world to fulfill your curiosity.

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