National Afternoon Tea Month

April is a month known for many things. To many people, it’s the beginning of spring, the month during which April Fool’s Day and Earth Day occur, or the month during which Arbor Day falls. However, what many people don’t realize is that this month is also known as National Afternoon Tea Month.

Why is April a month for celebrating afternoon tea? Well, we’re not quite sure, but now that we know about it, we’re all in for celebrating it. After all, afternoon tea has been observed for hundreds of years in the United Kingdom with great success, so maybe it’s time for everyone else to give it a try as well.

The History of National Afternoon Tea Month

National Afternoon Tea Month isn’t a holiday month that’s been around for a long time, but it is one that has been celebrated with more enthusiasm as of late. This month was first created by Tea Tea & Company, a company that sells loose tea and tea gift baskets.

Some Interesting Facts About Tea

Let’s go over some facts about tea—facts that we feel everyone will appreciate as they plan their next tea party. So, let’s all pour a cup of tea, grab some scones, and enjoy the following tea facts that we’re serving up piping hot.

  • In the U.S., more than 1.42 million pounds of tea are consumed every single day.
  • White tea is the least oxidized tea, while black tea is the most oxidized.
  • People have been drinking tea for over 4,000 years.
  • Afternoon tea is often known as Low Tea. This name refers to the height of the table it’s served on, as afternoon tea is usually served in a drawing-room with a table that has a lower height.
  • Bubble Tea began in Taiwan during the 1980s.
  • Bubble Tea is made with black tea, honey, condensed milk, and tapioca pearls.
  • The country with the highest tea consumption per capita is Turkey.
  • Approximately 3 million tons of tea are produced every year worldwide.

Observing National Afternoon Tea Month

Anyone wishing to host an afternoon tea during this month will want to make sure that they do it correctly. During a traditional afternoon tea, sandwiches and savory foods, scones, and sweets are served with the tea.

Once you have all of that gathered together, you can then invite friends over. While celebrating afternoon tea, don’t forget to use the hashtag #NationalAfternoonTeaMonth on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 1 Monday
Next year (2025)
April 1 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
April 1 Saturday
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