Celebrate Diwali: October 30, 2016


On October 30, Diwali will be celebrated by millions of people in India and around the world. Diwali is known as the “festival of lights” and is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in the autumn.

This would be the perfect time to visit your local Tea Retailer and try out some different types of tea from India or indulge in a Chai Latte.


This drink is rumoured to have been around for over 5,000 years. The name “chai” means tea, and “Masala Chai” means spicy tea.In the main market places of Indian cities you will find Chai vendors who are known as “chai wallahs” (meaning “tea persons”).



  • 1 cinnamon stick, lightly crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)
  • 2 whole cloves (optional)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons loose black tea, or 4 black tea bags
  • granulated sugar or sweetener of choice (flavour to your sweetness preference)


  1. Lightly crush cardamom pods and cinnamon in a mortar.
  2. Put water in a pan. Add crushed cardamom, cinnamon, ground ginger, black pepper and cloves to water. Bring the mixture to boil. Let it simmer for few minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from fire and let the spices infuse their flavour for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the sugar and milk to the pan and bring to a boil.
  5. Remove from heat and add tea leaves. Cover the pan, remove from heat and let it steep for 4-5 minutes.

Take a picture of yourself enjoying some tea from India and tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #DiwaliTeaCanada



More information on India’s tea can be found at the Tea Board of India.


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