You might be thinking that it’s a bit too early for another Tea Day (unless a cup of tea is, well, your cup of tea – then every brew is sure to be a cause for celebration to you). Regardless, you’re likely thinking of the May 21 commemoration sets about by the United Nations earlier this year, right? That is the International Tea Day.
You’re in luck because today – December 15 – is the original observation for the aromatic beverage according to the countries who know it best.
Today has been marked as National Tea Day on the calendar annually since 2005 in the majority of nations that produce tea. This includes Malaysia which generates over 3.5 million kilograms of black tea each year. Other countries include India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Uganda, Tanzania, and Malawi.
It was only two years ago when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the idea globally, but the original nations found no reason for this to stop their local tradition.
Hence, other than it is a sign to start your day with a cup of tea rather than coffee, today aims to raise a deeper awareness about the reality of it as a treasured commodity across centuries of civilizations. Through this, the mission is to build a culture that understands and supports the importance of sustainability and ethics in contemporary trade practices.
What does this mean to you?
Well, before you do anything else – drink the perfect cuppa! Whether you’re a stovetop brewer or a teabag dunker, the first step in supporting the industry is to keep it alive, so get drinking.
The next step is to support the firms which support both the workers and the planet. You can do research on local companies, give smaller businesses a chance and keep up to date with the Ethical Tea Partnership.
For now, it’s okay to finish your cup of tea in peaceful serenity.