Tea is among the popular drinks people from all parts of the world enjoy each day. Statistics show that the Americans drink around 80 billion cups of tea each year while the Canadians consume around 10 billion cups each year. The love for tea did not start a few decades ago. People have been consuming it since the Chinese discovered it nearly 5,000 years ago. A Chinese Emperor Shen-Nun, known to be a divine healer, discovered the tea when he blew it accidentally into boiling water. That was in 2737 BC. However, tea took another 100 years to reach the other parts of the world. Dutch traders were the first to introduce it to the western countries in the early 1600s, where it became one of the staples of trade.
Ever heard of the ‘finger-tapping salute’? If not, try visiting your local Chinese restaurant and discreetly observe the other patrons as tea is served around you.
China is a State known for etiquette, and simple gestures and phrases hold deep meaning. Usually, there are exciting tales behind these gestures; and here’s the tale of how the two fingers came to be:
For many years, tea has been a symbol of British culture. It has been one of the obsessions since people received it from China in the 1600s. It has a long history covering everything from trade and travel to etiquette and classes. When it comes to culture, the British tea culture is in two groups – for those who start by pouring the tea and those who start with milk. Statistics show that the British consume around 165 million cups of tea each day. That is around 60.2 billion cups of tea each year.
In terms of major tea producers in the world, China is the leader, followed by India and Kenya. With the rise in demand for tea, it is understandable why countries have been aiming to produce different varieties of tea to meet the growing demand.
According to statistics by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization for global tea production between 1993 and 2013, here are the top 10 major tea-producing countries in the world;
Whether you are a tourist or Japanese, you should know the Japanese tea etiquette when attending any tea ceremony. The etiquette does not apply in Japan only. It applies in other nations outside Japan where people follow the code of conduct - but they do not follow it strictly. As an outsider, you will have to learn the standard protocol before you attend any authentic Japanese tea ceremony. Matcha tea is the centre of all rituals and it holds many keys to mysteries unique to Japanese social events.
To speak the truth, tea is a part of the daily diet for British people. Statistics reveal that British people consume close to 100 million cups of tea every day. The habit of tea drinking is richly rooted in the British people's traditions and way of life. From their work breaks being called 'tea breaks' to the more formal 'afternoon tea,' British people put tea in high regard.
Although weddings have been modernized and are taking a new shape, the Chinese wedding tea ceremony has managed to retain its relevance and remain to be a significant tradition that Chinese couples go through before they get married.
However, many modernized Chinese people do not fully understand the steps involved in a tea ceremony and what is needed of them. That’s why we compiled this guide to answer all the questions you may have regarding a traditional Chinese tea wedding.