Milk tea is a daily etiquette in Tibetan society. It means a meal, conversation, symbol of comfort, and celebration. Tea is a well-liked drink consumed far and wide on the plateau, especially in the Amdo and Kham regions. People from Lhasa area like their tea sweet; this is also the region where they more commonly enjoy butter tea.
When I think of moments enjoying tea in my childhood home, I think of the continuity it represents – the image of family and guests lingering around a fire and chatting away after a soul-warming meal.