untagged – How do you drink mate properly?

I saw a documentary about mate tea in South America.
There the mate (yerba; alternative name) was drunk in a large calabash (traditional drinking container) together with the bombilla and sometimes shared with several people.

I am interested in how much mate tea (unit: g) is made in an average small / normal calabash and how often this is infused.
On the packs I read from 12g to 1 liter, on others from 1/4 of 12g.

  1. Does anyone here know how this is traditionally drunk in these countries?
  2. And do you have your own self-made vessel or is it bought?
  3. Do you pour away the first infusion?
  4. And do you sometimes sweeten, and if so, how?

Thank you for your answers

Mate Dokumentation German