Making a coffee addict wait for their first cup of morning coffee is rarely a good idea. Well, luckily this isn’t about waiting for coffee. You will be waiting for tea. Japan is a country rich in traditions. The more i learn about these proud people the more i want to immerse myself in their culture. The Japanese tea ceremony, also called Chanoyu is more than sipping tea. It is a precise rendition of a ritual centuries old. With simplicity and elegance, serving and drinking tea becomes an affair of peace and calm lasting hours. An alien idea in this hasty era we live in. An idea i think would do us some good. This ceremony is not unique to Japan. It is practiced in some form in other Asian countries. But,you might not be able to leave for Asia. Don’t fret, there might be a tea shop near you. In Vancouver Canada, the 05 tea bar offer the tea ceremony experience as can be seen in the video below.
In the city of Viterbo located in Italy, its people credit Santa Maria Rosa with saving their city from disease in the 1600’s. The La Macchina di Santa Rosa is a celebration in honor of Maria. The tradition also entails a tower weighing five tons to be carried by local men. One hundred men known as Facchini train throughout the summer to fulfill this role. The tower itself is amazing and brightly lit as it makes its way through the city.
Born in the tropics, the only interaction i had with snow was through books and the window of a television. Happily that changed when we moved. For those who had a chance to experience snow as a kid you can imagine the wonder and amazement i felt. Later i’d learn there’s a culture who have over 50 words for snow! The Inuit, commonly called Eskimos in the United State, live in the arctic regions of Greenland. With snow all around them I can understand why they’d have so many but i think i’ll stick to just snow. Here’s a comic frame from Language Log reminding us we too have a lot of words for one thing.
Its a beautiful thing when one culture adopts another’s tradition. Holi, originally known as Holika, is an Indian festival which celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It is celebrated by throwing brightly colored powder. In Utah, thousands of miles from India Holi is celebrated. It’s estimated over 40,000 people join in. Though i’d happily throw powder at people for fun, its nice to have a tradition backing me up.