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A Russian Tea Ceremony
In some areas of Russia, three teapots sit one on top of another to keep the tea warm. Often they are decorated with pictures from Russian folk stories and sometimes each forms a part of a bigger picture so that when they fit together they look like a person or an animal. Three teapots are used when two different kinds of tea are required at the same time. The middle pot usually holds strong black tea, the smallest pot on the top holds herbal or mint tea, and the large pot at the bottom holds hot water. The teas can be mixed with each other and diluted with hot water as you pour out each cup. Each person can mix the type of tea they like. Tea is drunk from cups but more often, Russians use a 'Podstakanniki' - a special glass in a silver holder.
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