International Tea Day is an annual feast celebrated on December 15. Is there anything that will make the snowy chill winter season into a warmer climate other than a cup of tea? Of course, nothing can stand in front of the tea, and no other beverages can make you feel the warmth. Tea is the most popular drink from all over the world and is usually served hot. Having a tea kettle in hand and sipping it would never be compensated by any other drink. International Tea Day is observed as to draw the attention of government and public about the problems besetting the tea production and how tea plantations, small tea growers and consumers are being affected by the global tea trade. Hence, it is not yet another Day to excuse yourself to have a cup of tea rather it is a Day to think about the problems faced by the tea plantation and the impacts of the global tea trade.
“Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities will always be the favorite beverage of the intellectual.” – Thomas de Quincey
History of International Tea Day
In the year 2005, the International Tea Day was first observed. Since then, the Day is celebrated in the tea producing countries from all over the world. It includes Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Malawi, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. Although the idea for establishing this Day existed for many years, it was not made into an action earlier to 2004. Once after the initial discussions held at the World Social Forum in 2004, the first observance of the International Tea Day was celebrated in New Delhi in the year 2005. It was organized in Sri Lanka in the following year and in 2008. The trade union movements have jointly organized the celebration Day and the related Global Tea Conferences.
International Tea Day aims in raising the global attention of governments and citizens about the impacts of the global tea trade. The Day also brings out the problems faced by the workers and growers. With the observance, the Day also aims in linking the requests for the price supports and fair trade. The impact of the global tea trade falls on the workers of the tea plantations, small producers and the consumers. The Indian government in 2015 had proposed expanding the observance of this Day through the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. With the World Trade Organization commodity policies, world trade in tea is beholding some significant changes. Under the compulsions of WTO, the structure of the global tea trade commodity provides an absolute advantage to both the transnational brands and the retailers in the trade.
With WTO compulsions, the elimination of tariff and importing tea from other countries would largely diminish the commodity rates of the tea in the producing countries. All these have made a situation where without increasing the demand for tea, global commodity prices have been pushed further downwards. As a result, tea gardens get abandoned. Thus enabling the global brands to purchase tea at the lowest possible prices. It is a perfect Day for anyone who loves tea to show your gratitude and appreciation to those people who are involved in planting, processing and delivering this excellent beverage to all the people globally.
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How to Celebrate International Tea Day
Celebrating the International Tea Day is quite simple. Firstly you have to drink a cup of tea with your friends and family. You can add some ginger, cinnamon to make it tastier. Next, you can discuss the problems faced by the tea plantations, producers, and consumers. Participate in various exhibitions conducted by the ITD as a form of dedication to tea and gather useful information. You can even take a visit to the nearest hill station where tea is grown. Ask the people who are working there about their problems. Tell people around you about your visit to the tea plantation and the information you have gathered. You can even share it on the social media on this Day using the hashtag #InternationalTeaDay.