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International Tea Day 2024: Celebrating History and Tradition


The world celebrates International Tea Day on May 21st, a day designated by the United Nations to highlight the cultural and economic significance of tea. Tea, the world’s most consumed beverage after water, boasts a long and rich history, with evidence of its consumption in China dating back 5,000 years.

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Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, tea has several health advantages in addition to its great flavor. Millions of families in developing nations, where tea production is the primary source of income, depend heavily on the tea industry for employment opportunities. International Tea Day this year particularly recognises the contribution that women make to the tea industry “from crop to cup.”

For the benefit of future generations, the UN emphasizes the significance of sustainable tea production. Since the production of tea is sensitive to climate change, this focus also includes environmental issues. Tea-producing nations are urged by the UN to create plans that tackle both impact mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Beyond a beverage, a balm for the soul

For tea enthusiasts, this simple cup of brewed leaves transcends a mere drink. It’s a steaming hug in a mug-a comforting ritual steeped in tradition. Tea can be a trusted companion, offering solace for a broken heart or a weary mind. Its diverse flavours and aromas can transport you to faraway lands or evoke cherished memories.


A cultural cornerstone

Tea ceremonies in Japan are steeped in mindfulness and tranquilly, while sharing a cup of chai in India fosters connection and community. From afternoon tea in England to Moroccan mint tea, the way tea is prepared and consumed varies greatly around the world, yet it universally holds a special place in many cultures.

Tea outlook for 2027

Looking ahead, the UN report “Current Market Situation and Medium-Term Outlook” predicts that global tea consumption and production are projected to keep rising over the next decade, driven by robust demand in developing and emerging countries. This will create new rural income opportunities and improve food security in tea-producing countries.

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