International Tea Day

There are two different holidays called International Tea Day. One of them is an official holiday created by the United Nations to honor the history and significance of tea to all of us, and the second holiday is an unofficial Internet holiday. In this article, we’re going to talk about the former and not the latter.

This holiday has been around since 2019 and attempts to raise awareness of the history, cultural, and economic impact of tea around the planet. It’s a day for tea producers to promote their products and a day for consumers, but this holiday goes beyond even those concepts.

Tea is an important crop for some of the poorest rural communities in the world, and it allows these communities to sustain themselves year in and year out. That’s probably the biggest reason why everyone should take the opportunity to observe this holiday. This day is observed annually on May 21st.

The History of International Tea Day

On December 21st, 2019, the United Nations decided to create International Tea Day and placed the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in charge of its celebration. The purpose of this holiday was to foster collective actions to implement policies in favor of the sustainable production of tea.

After all, the production of tea allows some of the poorest communities in the world to support themselves. Therefore, tea production is important in fighting poverty and hunger. Another purpose of this holiday is to encourage consumers to drink more tea.

Some Quick Facts About Tea

We’re big fans of trivia, especially tea-related trivia, so we decided to find out everything we could about tea and its production in the world. Fortunately, we’ve done plenty of research on tea before, so we had a ton of notes to draw from. That allows us to create a list of tea facts that most people will find not only informative but also educational. Let’s take a look at these facts below.

  • 16 ounces of tea requires approximately 2,000 tea leaves.
  • In Hawaii and South Carolina, there are tea plantations.
  • Because tea contains high levels of antioxidants, people are less likely to have a caffeine crash when they drink tea than when they drink coffee.
  • Historians believe that the first iced tea was sold at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
  • Black teas pair well with spicy foods and/or red meat.

Observing International Tea Day

Observing International Tea Day can be done by taking the chance to learn more about tea and its importance in the world. As we stated several times during this holiday article, people all over the world depend on the money they make from growing and selling tea to keep their families fed.

As tea consumption increases, food security in tea-producing countries will continue to improve, and that’s a good thing for everyone. Everyone who is observing this holiday is encouraged to help with its promotion by using the hashtag #InternationalTeaDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 21 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
May 21 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
May 21 Sunday
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