International Tea Day is celebrated by different tea-producing countries in the world. It takes place every year on December 15, to draw the attention of people and the government. It illustrates the amount of impact tea trade has brought to the workers and the farmers. Different countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Kenya, India, Uganda, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Tanzania, among others, celebrate this day. We have pointed out everything that you need to know about the International Tea Day date, history, significance, and celebration.
Aside from water, tea is the most popular beverage in the world. The primary types of tea include white, black, green, oolong, herbal etc. Tea is believed to have originated in China. There, drinkers used tea for medicinal reasons. In the 17th century, tea made its way to the UK. Read Health Benefits and Side Effects of Tea.
The tea-producing countries that celebrate International Tea Day include:
INTERNATIONAL TEA DAY HISTORY
International Tea Day was created at the World Social Forum in 2004. In 2005, the first International Tea Day was celebrated in New Delhi. Sri Lanka began organizing celebrations in 2006. Trade union movements have been responsible for organizing International Tea Day celebrations, in addition to Global Tea Conferences. In 2015, the Indian government made a proposal to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The proposal was to expand the observance to countries around the world. In June of 2019, the UN considered combining special tea days in different countries into one day.
The Intergovernmental Group on Tea proposed to celebrate International Tea Day on May 21st. The proposal was approved at a recent FAO conference and is awaiting approval by the UN General Assembly.
International Tea Day Significance
Because of the large number of tea drinkers in the world, tea demands a massive production scale. In many tea-producing countries, production comes with many challenges. Some of the obstacles tea-producing countries face include low wages for tea workers, lack of medical care for tea workers in rural areas, and a lack of clean and potable water on tea plantations. There is also a need for improved sanitation on tea plantations. Additionally, women make up 50 percent of the workforce on tea plantations. These women usually don’t have access to education. On the other hand, public rejoices this day by enjoying a cup of tea, try different flavours, and learn about the history of this beverage. Youth flood the social media platforms with the hashtags related to the celebration of this day.
International Tea Day 2020 Theme
“Harnessing Benefits for all From Field to Cup”
HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalTeaDay
Trade unions and workers’ organizations gather on this day to organize seminars, public events, and presentations. Their goal is to heighten a sense of collectivism among tea growers and strengthen tea growers associations. The day also celebrates tea culture. Organizations host events recognizing the significance of tea as a major export crop for tea-producing countries.
How To Celebrate International Tea Day:
Drink a cup of your favorite tea or try a kind of tea you’ve never had before
Have a tea party with all friends in your life
Learn more about the intriguing history of tea
Take a cup of tea with friend
Learn about all the health benefits of tea
Be sure to share this day on social media with #InternationalTeaDay.
International Tea Day 2020 quotes
“My dear, if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head I should better understand your affairs.” -Charles Dickens
“Drink Your Tea Slowly and Reverently, As if It Is the Axis on Which the World Earth Revolves – Slowly, Evenly, With out Speeding Towards the Future.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, the Miracle of Mindfulness
You Can By no means Get a Cup of Tea Giant Sufficient or a Guide Lengthy Sufficient to Go well with Me.” – C.S. Lewis
“The path to heaven passes through a teapot.” -Ancient Proverb
“Tea Is Just like the Entire World in a Small Cup.” – Zhanna Koiviola
“Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.” -Catherine Douzel
“The music of tea is the melody that soothes me.” -Morgan Christiansen
“Wouldn’t it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn’t have tea?” -Noel Coward
“Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.” – Reverend Sydney Smith