The history of tea has its roots in antiquity. The name of the favourite drink comes from Northern Chinese cha, which translates as “young leaf”. In China tea was known since 220 years, the culture began to cultivate it with the 350. At first, tea was an expensive beverage, it was drunk by priests and rulers as a medicinal drink that relieves fatigue, and strengthens the eyesight. In the 6th century, tea was a drink of nobles, from the 10th century and became common among the Chinese, at the same time began the development of the tea trade.
In 16-18 centuries, tea spread all over Europe. In the Netherlands there was a tradition to have a tea party after dinner, then it took roots in many European countries. Since the 18th century tea was grown in India and Sri Lanka, the seeds were brought there by the British. Later the plant started to breed on Java, Sumatra, Vietnam, Africa and South America.
Currently tea – the most popular drink in the world. Each country has its own traditions of tea drinking. Different Nations have different rules for brewing beverage, serving tea and accompanying treats
The English tradition of tea drinking
The British consume more tea from all Europeans. On average, each inhabitant per year falls by 2.1 kg of tea. Traditionally the British drink black tea with Continue reading
Travellers wishing to explore the traditional methods of greeting different nationalities and tribes, must be ready for anything. Not to be trapped, we bring you 10 most unusual ways of greeting.
Any tourist who arrived in New Zealand, faced with the traditional greeting of the indigenous Maori people called “hongs”. According to the ancient tradition, when two people they need to touch or RUB each other noses. This symbolic act is called “ha” or “breath of life” and, according to the beliefs, it comes directly from God.
The Council . In case of lack of experience, do not close eyes to monitor your distance, otherwise you will find yourself in an awkward situation.
In any other point of the globe protruding tongue can be seen as a sign of disrespect and insults, but not in Tibet. Custom show languages appeared in the 9th century during the reign of the evil king lang Darma, who had a black tongue. After his death, the villagers feared that he may move into another person’s body, so everyone started to greet each other with his tongue, a sign that they are not evil. This tradition has been preserved and is often accompanied by crossing hands on his chest.
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In Korea the New year has always been a very important holiday (Eastern New year, of course, according to the lunar calendar). It sought all day to spend at home, in the family circle. In the past years around the holidays, even petty criminals were released from prison to go home under parole. In the New year, it is rare to meet travelers, but if someone had to celebrate a holiday on the road, the innkeeper, traditionally did not take money from the traveler for meals and overnight. I can’t guarantee that if you arrive in Korea for the New year – i.e. on 12th Feb, — you will be provided with free billeting. But in any case you will not regret it.
What to do, say, in Seoul for the New year? Ideally a quick meet with some local citizen and to get invited (still homemade holiday when it is customary to pay visits). If not – go to the restaurant, so at least there’s plenty of naprobovatsya Korean new year treats. On the street you can buy roasted acorns “amp”, sticky caramel “ut”, beans “tan-UNSC” and other traditional sweets. Be sure to visit one of the many bars in Seoul-karaoke. Stranger you feel there will not be: I love the Koreans of the Soviet Estrada. This is the rare country (even more interestingly, a cap, and not the SOC), where modern Patriotic songs are very well known, and, moreover, extremely popular. I love Kobzon, Continue reading