For other reasons than the obvious, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a special holiday to us because it promotes the ideals we are really passionate about. Slowing down and appreciating one another, and doing good by the world.
In many cultures, stopping for a pot of tea with family, old friends, and loved ones is an opportunity to spend time together and enjoy each others company. A time to forget about the stresses of the world and live in the moment.
We hope this weekend you take a moment to rejoice in the presence of those you love most, and to be present in conversation with them. Maybe even over a cup of hot tea?
In India, the tea of choice is chai. Sweet and spicy, and just how you like it. Chai is traditionally made with a spicy element like black pepper, peppercorn, or cardamom, and complemented with a sweet ingredient like cinnamon, nutmeg, or coconut. It is usually accompanied by milk and sugar to your liking.
In Japan, a chado ceremony is commonly practiced. It is an appreciation of the moment spent with others and slowing down to enjoy matcha. Matcha is the whole tea leaf ground into a powder. It is prepared with a whisk and hot water in order to break down the powder into a frothy liquid.
In England, tea time is enjoyed with black tea, milk, sugar, and small sandwiches and cakes. It is an important part of the day to have afternoon tea and to unwind with others.
So embrace these nice traditions, and make yourself a big pot of tea of your choice, and spend time with others, and remember this man who dedicated himself to peace and kindness.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -MLK