International Tea Day

Today is May 21, and that means it’s International Tea Day. This might sound like just another summer-inspired holiday, but it isn’t. It’s a real deal observed by the United Nations. Learn more about tea day here.

There are many infusions globally, but only a few are authentic tea — the leaves must come from the camellia Sinensis plant. Tea is native to India, Southeast Asia, and Southern China, and people have been enjoying the healthy and refreshing infusion for at least 5,000 years!

Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, so it has a massive social and economic significance. That most tea is grown in underdeveloped communities matters too, mainly because the countries consuming the most tea are on the other side of the socio-economic spectrum.

May 21 is International Tea Day, and there are several unique goals. Consuming fair-trade tea can reduce extreme poverty worldwide, fight against hunger, empower women and support the conservation of environments.

Tea only grows in unique climates scattered through tropical countries on every continent, led by China, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Vietnam, Indonesia, Argentina, Japan, and Iran.

Consuming tea is good for the environment and the economy of producing communities and healthy for the ones consuming it. With impressive amounts of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects, tea is part of traditional medicine, and it’s now accepted as an adequate beverage in all health-oriented diets and trends.

The bottom line? Tea is awesome! And we should consume more of it. There’s no tastier and healthier drink on the planet, and with a wide variety of tea styles, there’s undoubtedly one for every palate. Let’s have some tea!

History of International Tea Day

The proposal for Tea Day was created by Sri Lanka’s Executive Director of the Institute of Social Development and presented it at the World Social Forum in January 2005. The same year we celebrated the first Tea Day in New Delhi.

In 2015, the Indian Government proposed the date to be celebrated globally with joint efforts with several Trade Union and Social organizations. Their goal is to support the economy around tea and the communities that rely on the herb for income.

The United Nations adopted the motion as an official UN holiday in 2019. Now a wide variety of events, conferences, fairs, expositions, talks and much more are organized globally with several clear goals related to tea-producing countries, tea consumption, and promotion.

Join tea day and have a warm cup of Ceylon or a cold pitcher of peach iced tea — the refreshing infusion is noble like that! It’s so versatile!

How to Celebrate International Tea Day

Buy some tea, but make sure it is of high quality and sourced through fair-trade channels. Share some pictures of your lovely brew with the hashtag #InternationalTeaDay and support the tea-growing communities!

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