Around the World - Tea Ceremonies

Countries around the world that drink tea usually have a tea ceremony, the one that comes readily to mind is the Japanese tea ceremony. We can conjure up pictures of elegant tea rooms and beautiful, delicate looking girls dressed in spectacular kimonos pouring green tea to equally elegant guests, but what's really going on and what does it all mean? Do other countries have tea ceremonies equally as set in ritual, religious or otherwise? 

We'd like to give you a rough guide to ceremonies from around the world and hope you will be fascinated enough to want to find out more or attend one.