International Tea Day

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Apr 21, 2022, 8:00

In several countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Uganda, India, Tanzania, Nepal, Kenya, and Malaysia, International Tea Day is celebrated each year on the 21st of May. Tea is one of the most common beverages consumed worldwide, with China currently exporting the largest quantity of tea. Some of the first tea estates in India were established in Assam using tea plants brought from China. It was then that the Assam Tea Company began the commercial production of tea around the region. Today, India stands in the second position as the largest producer of tea in the world.

History of International Tea Day

The first edition of International Tea Day took place in India's capital city, New Delhi, in 2005. After this, the trend was followed by other tea-producing countries, including Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Uganda.

Themes of International Tea Day

  • 2021: Tea and Fair Trade
  • 2020: Harnessing Benefits for all from Field to Cup
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When Was It Started?

In 2015, a proposal was put forward by the Indian Government to expand the observance of the day. This was done through multilateral efforts with the FAO intergovernmental group on tea which helped support the tea economy and proclaim International Tea Day. In December 2019, 21st May was designated as the International Tea Day.

Significance of World Tea Day

As per the United Nations, World Tea Day will help promote the implementation of activities toward sustainable production and consumption of tea and help raise awareness about the necessity to counter hunger and poverty across countries. In addition to the health benefits of consuming tea, it is also thought that developing the tea industry will aid the labour-intensive industry and help its economic development.

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Why Is It Celebrated?

It is known that tea production is very sensitive to the conditions in which it is growing. Only a few agro-ecological conditions are ideal for the production of tea but some of these regions are also heavily impacted by the changes in the environment, such as rising temperatures and changes in the pattern of rainfall.

Due to these changes, the yield and production of tea are heavily impacted, bringing changes in the quality and prices of tea. World Tea Day identifies such climatic changes and enhances national tea development strategies.

World Tea Day celebrates a day of history and culture associated with tea. It recognizes the different ways in which tea is consumed worldwide and sustains the traditions associated with its production.

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FAQs on International Tea Day

Q.1. How does the celebration of International Tea Day take place?

The idea behind celebrating International Tea Day is to try new flavours of tea, from mint to apple, and an assorted fusion of other flavours. Hosting tea parties is also an excellent idea to celebrate the day apart from getting to know about local tea producers.

Q.2. According to International Tea Day, which country produces the largest quantity of tea?

According to International Tea Day, The largest producer of tea worldwide is China.

Q.3. When was the tea resolution passed according to International Tea Day?

The United Nations passed the resolution to observe International Tea Day on 21st May.

Q.4. According to International Tea Day, Describe the features of the tea plant.

According to International Tea Day, Tea is a common beverage that is brewed from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. After water, tea is the most consumed beverage on the planet. There is enough evidence to suggest that tea was consumed in China about 5000 years ago.

Q.5. How does Tea production support sustainable development?

The occasion of International Tea Day recognizes the importance of tea production, which contributes to reducing poverty, fighting hunger, empowering women, and the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.