Azerbaijan:

Did you know that there is a country where the tea tray gives a good indication of how the matchmaking is progressing? If there is no sugar in the tea, more negotiating needs to be done. If it is sweet, then the wedding will take place.
 
Amazing, right?
 
Tea in Azerbaijan is served freshly brewed, hot and strong. It typically has a bright colour and is served in crystal or any other glasses or cups. Azerbaijanis often use traditional armudu (pear-shaped) glass.
 
Tea is served continuously when there are guests or when there is an interesting conversation. For Azerbaijanis tea is associated with warmth, hospitality. tradition says that one should not allow the guest to leave the house without at least one cup of tea.
 
Tea in Azerbaijan is also served during matchmaking. After the negotiations by matchmakers are complete, the maid will bring out tea. If the tea is served without sugar, that is a sign that the chances for marriage agreement are very low; conversely, if tea is served with sugar, it means that there will be a wedding.
 
Azerbaijanis say about tea “Çay nədir, say nədir” which can be translated as “when you drink tea, the cup count doesn’t matter” and means that tea is something almost “sacred” in Azerbaijan.
 
 

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