During the Ottoman Empire reign, hookah really took off. The Ottoman sultans even
insisted on taking portraits with their hookahs. It became somewhat of a status symbol
and important people liked to smoke out of it at diplomatic meetings and royal dinners.
Today, in the United States and around the world, hookah has hardly broken from
tradition as it is still revered as a way to show respect and provide good hospitality as it
was 100s of years ago. Family members, close friends, and new acquaintances come
together and deepen ties over a hookah in the same way it has been done for
generations. Hookah is a part of an extensive community that brings people together
despite social class, religion, or political beliefs. While there have been advancements in
hookah over the years, the practice remains deeply rooted in tradition. And for many
people spanning numerous nationalities, hookah is…a cultural expression.