Step aside, coffee and Coca Cola, for International Tea Day on December 15, we drink the most popular drink in the world.
The day primarily seeks to raise awareness of the impact the tea trade has on farmers and workers, but it is also celebrated by tea lovers around the world. Did you know that the origins of tea go back to China? It was used primarily for medicinal purposes until the 17th century, when tea reached the UK. The main types include black, green, white, herbal, oolong, and pu’erh. While this holiday has been observed since 2005, in 2019 the United Nations introduced a new International Tea Day on May 21. We of course celebrate both, who doesn’t want double tea?
HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL TEA DAY
There is no better way to start the day than with the pleasant taste and aroma of tea. Legend has it that tea was first discovered more than 4000 years ago in China by Emperor Nun Shen. On one of his visits to a remote region, the leaves of a nearby tree blew into a pot of boiling water that his servants had placed over the fire. The refreshing aroma invited the Emperor to taste the drink and the first cup of tea was born.
In the 16th century, tea was made its way around the world to Europe by Dutch merchants, where it became a widely traded product thanks to the establishment of the East India Company in England. The rest, as they say, is history.
Aside from its taste and benefits, tea’s contributions to culture and socio-economic development are equally relevant. Cultivated in more than 35 countries, tea cultivation supports the livelihoods of more than 13 million people.
Launched by unions in 2005, International Tea Day celebrates the health benefits, economic importance and cultural heritage of tea, while ensuring more sustainable production from the fields to our cups. By bringing together civil society organizations and small tea producers and companies, this holiday aims to regulate unequal competition, safety standards, land occupation, social security, living wages and women’s rights. for all tea workers.
Seminars, public campaigns and presentations are traditionally held. The objective is to strengthen the regulation of tea producer associations. In addition to recognizing tea as a great export crop for the countries that produce it, enthusiasts also celebrate the culture of tea.