The International Tea Day is observed on December 15, every year. It is done to highlight the efforts of the people involved in the production of this wonderful beverage. In the current scenario, tea is one of the widely consumed beverages and is prevalent all around the world. The growing of tea requires intensive care and efforts. In third world countries like India, workers in the tea plantations often go through hardships and unsatisfactory work incentives. China is currently the largest exporter of tea. It is also said that tea originated somewhere in China
why is international tea day observed?
The birth of International Tea Day took place at the World Social Forum in 2004. After one year, the first International Tea Day celebration Turn Up in the capital city of New Delhi in India. Later, on, Sri Lanka joined and started observing this day in 2006. Various moments organized campaigns and celebrations in different parts. After some years, in 2015, the Indian government Submitted to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to expand International Tea Day across the world. So, in 2019, the United Nations combined tea days in several countries into one. However, the Intergovernmental Group on Tea proposed to observe this day on May 21, which received its approval at the FAO Conference.
Interesting Facts :
- Tea is one of the world’s oldest beverages, and is the most consumed drink in the world.
- Tea is available in many varieties, which differ according to the applied oxidation and fermentation technique.
- Tea cultivation provides employment and income to millions of smallholder growers, who are supplementing or even replacing production of larger tea estates in many countries.
- While three quarters of tea produced is consumed domestically, tea is a widely traded and exported commodity.
- Over the past decades, the global tea industry has seen rapid growth, with a rising number of consumers globally.
- Despite the increase of tea consumption in major producing countries, per capita consumption remains low, suggesting there is still considerable growth potential in these countries.
- Drinking tea can bring many healthy benefits, from anti-inflammatory to antioxidant and weight loss effects.
- China, Korea and Japan have 4 tea cultivation sites designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage systems by FAO.