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Tea: The Drink of Afghan Friendship


Tea time is an important part of many cultures. It's a time to gather with friends and family, share stories, and enjoy each other's company. In fact, tea is so ingrained in our lives that it's often referred to as "the water of life."

The tradition of sharing tea dates back centuries--to when people first began brewing leaves and herbs into drinks they could drink while they worked or traveled. Over time these beverages evolved into what we know today as teas: hot or cold beverages made from dried leaves steeped in hot water (or occasionally brewed like coffee). 

The most popular and most consumed beverage in Afghanistan is tea. In fact, it is so much a part of the culture that it can be said that the Afghans have a special relationship with this drink. The way they prepare, serve and consume tea reflects their deep respect for nature and its gifts.

Tea has been an important part of Afghan culture since ancient times. It was originally introduced by traders who came from China or Central Asia through trade routes along the Silk Road into Afghanistan's northern regions around 600 BC during Alexander's conquest of India (now Pakistan).

Tea time is a way of life in Afghanistan. It's not just about drinking tea; it's an opportunity to relax and enjoy each other's company. Tea time is also a great way of bringing people together, whether they're close family members or friends who have just recently met each other.

Phoenix is home to many Afghan refugees who have arrived over the past couple of years and continues to be a resettlement hotspot for the unreached people group from Western Asia. Our English and sewing classes give you an opportunity to meet your refugee neighbors, and our upcoming Discovery Days and Home Visit Training will equip you to share your next cup of tea with a new Afghan friend. Sign up today!