Since the mid-nineteenth century in Moscow has become fashionable to have tea parties in the parks. One of the most popular places for this entertainment became Sokolnicza grove. Of glavarkhiv Moskvy talks about how it was.

“People came and went to enjoy prijatnosti spring, and I ascended in a fragrant grove of age-old, breast-on the breast of the mother of damp earth, drawing in his breath and rejoiced as the child. Walking was a lot, drank tea and stayed till nine o’clock” — so Sokolniki wrote in his diary, the merchant Pyotr Medvedev.

the festivals he usually went along with the family, “Les Falconer… always brings a sweet laziness and pleasure. How nice to lay in the bushes on the Bank of the Yauza as blithely run through the valley, meanwhile in the forest, so cool! We, walking on the woods, picked berries… After walking in the woods and in the Park, drinking tea and returned home late in the evening.”

the Urban population grew, and, accordingly, increased the number of participants of festivals and vendors in the parks. So, in the late XIX — early XX century, the Moscow authorities have established special rules for the lease to supply samovars in sokolnichye grove, which includes the organization of tea parties. This can be seen in the Glavarhiva.

According to the rules of the tea trade were to commence every day until five o’clock in the morning and continue until 23:00. At the tea station at the entrance was hung on the bracket lantern that was lit at dusk. And the tenant of the site was required to maintain their territory and track her clean and tidy, sweeping away the waste in specially constructed pits. And to dig holes themselves were banned, was not allowed to spoil and had to repot the plants, you pour water on the roots and pour hot coals on the ground.

Samovars, dishes and other utensils had to be cleaned well. Themselves the owners of land and workers are required to be always sober, polite and neatly dressed. In areas were allowed to trade only tea, milk and other supplies for tea parties. Guests are also not allowed to bring and drink spirits.

Special attention in the parks paid to fire safety. In areas it was impossible to kindle fires and to put the brazier. When submitting samovars had to make sure that pipes didn’t lean against the trees. On the tables you could put the candles in the garden candle holders.

the Tea areas worked until 1 October.

All these rules to follow and in other places, Moscow, where he filed a samovar — for example, Presnenskaya gate. In Sokolniki, the tradition of tea parties is preserved to the present day.

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