Why do we celebrate 'International Tea Day'?

Updated: Apr 22, 2021

Do you know what date is 'International Tea Day? How do you celebrate it?

different tea types
different tea types

On November 27, 2019, to praise the economic, social, and cultural values ​​of tea, and promote the sustainable development of global agriculture, the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly passed and designated May 21 as the ‘International Tea Day’. Every year since then, the world has a festival that belongs to tea enthusiasts.

Tea is recognised as one of the three major drinks in the world. More than 3 billion people around the world like to drink tea, which means that 2 in 5 people drink tea. The countries that like tea the most are Turkey, Libya, Morocco, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. At present, there are more than 60 tea-producing countries and regions in the world, with a tea output of nearly 6 million tons, a trading volume of more than 2 million tons, and a tea-drinking population of more than 2 billion. China, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Turkey are the top five tea producing countries in the world. With a population of 7.9 billion, more than 1 billion people are engaged in tea-related work. As the most important economic crop, tea has become an important source and an agricultural and economic pillar for industry and farmers' in many countries, especially developing countries.

China is the origin of tea, and Chinese tea is known by the world as the ‘oriental mysterious leaf’. Let's have a brief introduction of ancient Chinese tea culture if you never had Chinese tea before.

There’s a splendid history in China spanning thousands of years, through cultivation they created six types of tea: green tea (Longjin tea/Dragon Well tea, Biluochun tea, Xinyang Maojian tea), white tea (Baihao Silver Needle/Yinzhen), yellow tea (Junshan Silver Needle), Oolong tea (Tie Kuan Yin, Da Hong Pao), black tea (Keemun black tea, Yunnan black tea/Dianhong), and dark tea (Pu'er/puerh tea). Some put scented tea as a seventh type (jasmine tea). Today, tea production has expanded to many parts of the world.

a woman is picking tea in a tea garden
a woman is picking tea in a tea garden

As an exporter, cultivator, and tea producer of tea country, China continues to play a major role in the tea trade. ‘International Tea Day’ is promoted by China to celebrate tea culture everywhere.


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