International Tea Day

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The United Nations General Assembly…

On December 21, 2019, designated May 21 as International Tea Day.  The UN appealed to all member countries, international and regional organizations to celebrate on May 21 every year. The UN also recognized tea’s medicinal properties as well as it’s cultural importance. International Tea Day started in New Delhi on December 15, 2005, but a year later it spread from there to the world.

Why May 21?

Tea production and processing is a major source of livelihood for millions of families in developing countries around the world.  It constitutes the major means of subsistence for millions of poor families who live in a number of the least developed countries. In many of these countries tea production and processing contributes to the fight against hunger, the reduction of extreme poverty, the empowerment of women and the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.

The season of quality tea production starts in May in most of the tea producing countries. According to the UN, declaring May 21 as International Tea Day will help to boost teas production and consumption.  India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Uganda and other countries already celebrate this day on December 15.

The ultimate goal of…

International Tea Day aims to draw global attention of governments and citizens to the impact of the global tea trade on workers and growers, and has also been linked to requests for price supports and fair  trade.

So…

To support the status of tea workers, workers’ rights, daily wages, social security, employment security, health and much more – enjoy a pot of tea today!

 

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