When asked how the modern tea ritual manifests in her life, Anthia spoke of her family’s daily routines, and the importance of the afternoon tea ritual for grounding and connection.
“My mother comes from India, where tea is most important to everyday life. For her growing up there were morning teas, midday teas, afternoon teas, and evening teas. A more English influenced teatime ritual that was rarely ever disrupted. As my mother then moved to Canada to start anew, one of the things she brought over with her was her teatime.
Through the years in Canada, the four step tea structure had proven tricky to uphold. Though, being in a new country and surrounded by a new culture had tested more than just teatime. Nevertheless, as stubborn as my mother is, she was not going to give in. She made adjustments and pushed forward, teatime was cut down to mornings and afternoons, with the occasional evening thrown in there as she began to settle in Toronto.
Traditions and rituals are rarely every stopped abruptly, they adapt and change with the people who practice them. From the time my mother had moved to Toronto, met my father, and started a family, teatime had been there every step of the way.
The new teatime was what I was raised on. Even before I began to drink tea, teatime was time spent as a family. Afternoon tea was the most important, it was the time of the day where we would all gather and reconnect with each other. Before I knew it, I was structuring my day around teatime, as missing one felt like the day was in disarray.
Through the years, my family have seen many changes in our lives, even during today’s pandemic; however, there still remains a strong sense of normalcy, comfort, and togetherness when we sit down for a good cup of tea. My teatime ritual was passed down to me, by mother, who in turn learned it from her mother. This teatime ritual is one I hope to pass onto my children one day.” – Anthia