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Why it is impossible to pour milk into tea?

Up to March 3, 2015 in the Historical museum of the capital everyone will be able to plunge into fashion subtleties on all English which was endured by Russia at a turn of the XVIII-XIX centuries. " exhibition; The English breakfast in Russia “ it is devoted to one of the main symbols of Great Britain ― to its tea traditions.

However, emergence in our life of such drink as tea, the world is obliged not to so Foggy Albion, but China. Word “ " tea; in translation from Chinese means “ very young leaflet “ and its magic “ coming “ to this world it is shrouded in beautiful legends. Both in China, and in Japan the tea ceremony is filled with incredibly rich philosophical sense which with pleasure was adopted by Europeans at the end of the 16th century and is saturated with new customs and contents.

It is interesting, for example, that in China the tea made by water from the spring beating near the place of collecting the most tea leaf is considered the best option. Here, as well as in Japan, construct the special tea lodges in beautiful gardens having strictly certain sizes (8 square meters). Their doors are made so that any guest was forced to bend strongly the head at an entrance to the sacred room and by that it is extremely inconvenient to pacify excessive arrogance, besides, doorway width for penetration inside with the weapon - it is necessary to remove and leave it outside. Tea, from the point of view of east traditions, is created for philosophical dismissal from the vain world and contemplation of inner meaning of things.

Moscow " exhibition; English breakfast “ tells about the most interesting details and nuances of development by Europeans of magic east drink. What it is only worth drinking history of emergence of the best-known English tradition tea with milk. It appears, any well well-mannered British will consider for the ignoramus of everyone who will try in aspiration to correspond to local customs, to dilute tea with milk. Ritual orders to pour in a cup at first milk, and then to add to it tea. The thinnest porcelain in 17 - ohm a century, happened, did not maintain temperature of boiled water and burst, from here and tradition.

Having got into Europe, and then and into Russia, tea gained much more applied value, than in the east. As usual, at first it cost so much that only the upper class could afford a cup of fragrant drink. Development history “ " cream; the aristocracy of east wonder it is not deprived of the incidents. Scientists know many jokes when rich, but semiliterate “ secular “ lionesses “ having invited guests to try an overseas delicacy and without knowing how to use it, began to gnaw dry tea leaves, representing delight. Time and the educated contemporaries speaking different languages helped to smooth roughnesses of development of culinary traditions of the East and, say that exactly thanks to the English Queen Victoria the food could be washed down not with ale, and tea. It, without maintaining a long break between a lunch and a dinner, entered tradition of the English five’o’clock.

Times of general nihilism in relation to traditions, apparently, pass, and today it is again accepted to know, remember and honor the successful and filled with special sense ceremonies composed by our ancestors. Suddenly it turned out that even immersion in modern way of any society takes place much easier and more pleasantly if process of acquaintance is bound with history. Practical and scientific experience shows that learning, for example, Japanese on the most advanced and modern courses, visit of the real tea ceremony is surely recommended. In such rituals it is possible to experience really national color of the studied culture and to grope those “ doors “ who will allow to make the real language immersion.