The Rituals of Tea: Bostonians Yesterday and Today

FRI, DEC 11, 2015

From ancient to modern times around the globe, tea drinkers have practiced distinctive “tea rituals.” Elaborate routines accompanying tea drinking followed colonists from Europe to America – making the rejection of tea in the face of unwanted taxes all the more consequential. Modern day tea rituals may not follow the strict guidelines of a ceremony, but they still provide us with a sense of structure, comfort, and familiarity. Learn from tea traveler, researcher and writer Katrina Munichiello about some of the colorful tea rituals in Boston’s history. We’ll see that while the details may have changed, the spirit of tea rituals has remained the same. Image: Michel-Barthélémy Ollivier [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

+ BIO: Katrina Munichiello

Katrina Munichiello is a freelance writer, editor, blogger, and author. Her works have appeared in publications including Yankee Magazine, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Living Without, and Fresh Cup Magazine. She created the Tea Pages blog in 2007 and her first book, “A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time,” was released by Tuttle Publishing in 2011. Munichiello is currently Senior Editor of Tea Magazine and an editor of Tea Biz.

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