Tea for Two Tuesday is celebrated every year on the third Tuesday of March and this year, it falls on March 19. As the name suggests, Tea for Two Tuesday is for two or more people to enjoy a cup of tea together. Tea is a very relaxing beverage and becomes more pleasant when it is enjoyed with others. Along with the health benefits of tea, you also get to enjoy the company of your friends and let your hair down. The day can be celebrated by anyone who likes a good, hot cup of tea and doesn’t mind sharing it with others. After all, the more, the merrier.
History of Tea for Two Tuesday
It’s relatively common knowledge that the Chinese discovered the miraculous beverage of tea. However, it was a Portuguese woman named Catherine of Braganza who popularized the beverage in England. In 1662, Catherine married King Charles II and her dowry included several crates of loose leaf tea! She continued drinking it every day in England and the royal court quickly adopted the beverage. The aristocrats especially warmed up to the drink! Tea soon became a drink and a meal. During the late 1840s, the Duchess of Bedford, Anna Russell, introduced afternoon tea because she became so hungry between the two daily meals at the time. And, of course, she shared this new tradition with friends.
Many varieties of tea exist around the world. Green tea is popular in countries like China and Japan. South Asian countries prefer their ‘chai’ with spices, boiled in both milk and water. There is even a pink tea, commonly known as ‘Kashmiri tea,’ served in many parts of the Himalayan regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan during the winter months at weddings. Tibetans are known for adding butter and salt to their teas. In the U.K., they serve a variety of black tea with boiling water and a dash of milk.
The poet William Ewart Gladstone famously wrote, “If you are cold, tea will warm you; If you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.” Tea for Two Tuesday celebrates one of the world’s favorite drinks and friendship, which are both an integral part of our daily lives.
Tea for Two Tuesday timeline
The Chinese Emperor Shen-Nun discovers tea in China.
Monopoly trade with China comes to an end, and tea harvest begins in India.
Teabags become popular only after coming to Britain.
The tea-riffic day is celebrated for the first time.
Tea for Two Tuesday FAQs
Is tea good or bad for health?
Numerous studies have shown that various teas may boost your immune system, fight off inflammation, and even ward off cancer and heart disease. While some brews provide more health advantages than others, there’s plenty of evidence that regularly drinking tea can have a lasting impact on your health.
Is tea better than coffee?
Coffee has a higher caffeine content than tea, which may be good for those looking for an instant energy fix. Due to caffeine’s effect on your brain, high coffee intake may result in dependence or addiction. Certain teas may be better for you if you’re highly sensitive to caffeine.
How many cups of tea should you drink a day?
Most medical professionals will say about three to four cups of tea per day, but it also depends on your caffeine sensitivity. The good news is that herbal teas like rooibos tea have no caffeine! So you can drink them to your heart’s content.
Tea for Two Tuesday Activities
Drink tea with two or more people
Invite your friends over for tea and host a tea party with biscuits, scones, and finger sandwiches on Tea for Two Tuesday. It’s the perfect excuse to get together.
Learn tea etiquettes
Since tea used to be the drink of royalty, tea etiquette was impeccable and important. Try to learn a few tea etiquettes on Tea for Two Tuesday.
Try different types of tea
Teas come in various kinds, flavors, and brewing styles. Treat yourself to a different type of tea on Tea for Two Tuesday.
5 Facts About Tea That Will Blow Your Mind
We drink a lot of tea
Globally, we produce over three million tons of tea every year.
Variations of tea are almost limitless
There are around 1,500 known varieties of tea.
It’s harvested in hilly terrains
Tea plantations are pretty high up between 3,000 and 7,000 feet above sea level.
Matcha Tea comes in powder form
This green tea is used extensively in Japanese tea ceremonies.
The art of reading tea leaves
The word ‘Tasseography’ originated in France, and ‘Tasse’ means ‘cup.’
Why We Love Tea for Two Tuesday
It’s an excuse to celebrate with friends
Tea for Two Tuesday is best celebrated in the company of your friends. Any holiday that involves getting together with your loved ones is worth celebrating.
It’s a favorite
After water, tea enjoys the reputation of being one of the world’s most favorite drinks. Tea for Two Tuesday celebrates this incredible beverage that many of us love.
Tea is good for you
A cup of tea can help you relax, improve your metabolism, and relieve a sore throat. There are so many benefits of tea.
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