January 2011 is National Hot Tea Month and with the chill of winter in the air what is better than curling up with a relaxing cup of hot tea and a good book?
There are many other ways of celebrating “National Hot Tea Month” other than sipping a cup and perusing through books.
What follows are some other “National Hot Tea Month” celebration ideas that you may want to consider trying.
Tour a Tea Plant or Plantation
Those that really want to make a big splash when it comes to celebrating “National Tea Month” may want to consider taking a tour of a tea plant.
The kind folks at “Celestial Seasonings” offer a year round, free guided tour complete with free tea samples at their Boulder, Colorado plant.
In addition, the “Charleston Tea Plantation” in Charleston, South Carolina also offers tours. The plantation is recognized as the only tea garden in America.
Conduct a Tea Reading
Fancy yourself as a gypsy in training? Then wander on over to the “Tea USA” website this month for a brief lesson on how to read tea leaves.
Reading tea leaves has been around for centuries and depending on where you are and who you talk to there are several schools of thought on the subject.
The general basics of tea reading involve making a cup of tea with tea leaves, not a tea bag. Once the tea has been drained from the cup the person should take a hold of the cup handle with their left hand and spin the cup around rapidly 3 times in a clockwise motion.
Doing so will cause the wet tea leaves to disperse along the cup’s rim, sides and bottom. Then the person’s fortune is told by deciphering both the meaning of the tea leaves shapes in accordance with their location.
Traditionally the leaves at the bottom of the cup represent events that are far into the person’s future whereas the leaves on the sides of the cup represent the immediate future. Those tea leaves that make it to the very top of the rim are said to reveal what is going on in the person’s life in the here and now.
For those that want to give tea reading a try in honor of “National Tea Month” can find detailed instructions and the meaning behind some common tea leave formations on the “Tea USA” website mentioned previously.
Try New Flavors at a Tea Party
Tea manufacturers are constantly coming out with new flavors of tea. Therefore why not grab some of the new tea flavors, invite over a few friends and have a tea party.
Lipton recently came out with three delicious new green teas as part of a “green tea super fruit” line. Who wouldn’t want to try a cup of “Purple Acai with Blueberry”, “Red Goji with Raspberry” or “White Mangorsteen with Peach?”
Those that want to try something even more exotic as well as purchase a few necessary tea making tools should check out my personal favorite tea supplier, the “Republic of Tea.”
The “Republic of Tea” website is a sensational place to check out not just during “National Tea Month”, but all year through.
Those that would like more information on hot tea and its healthful benefits should log onto the “Chinese – American Tea Association” website.