The world will join hands to celebrate its first Tea Day on May 21, 2020. The day is observed primarily with a view to increasing consumption of tea. The UN has said tea has medicinal value and has a potential of bringing health benefits to people.
In 2019, the United Nations (UN) recognised the importance of one of the world’s oldest beverages.
Marking the celebration, the UN took to Twitter to extend their greeting.
“Tea has many health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties. On Thursday's first #InternationalTeaDay, find out more about one of the world's oldest beverages,” read the tweet.
Tea has many health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties. On Thursday's first #InternationalTeaDay, find out more about one of the world's oldest beverages. https://t.co/EfW1b5J6zk pic.twitter.com/d2K1iARvOL— United Nations (@UN) May 21, 2020
Not only has the UN recognised the medicinal property of tea, but it has also considered the beverage as an important ingredient of its Sustainable Development Goal programme. It hoped tea will play a pivotal role in eradicating hunger and poverty across the world.
International Tea Day is celebrated by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). On the debut year of International Tea Day, a virtual event is organised that will see the world’s top tea exports and imports as well as major producing countries where tea cultivation is an important source of revenues share their thoughts and insights into the industry. Interested people can join the International Tea Day celebration via webcast.
Prior to this, December 15 was observed as International Tea Day in tea producing nations – Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Uganda, India and Tanzania. The reason for UN celebrating May 21 as International Tea Day is that the season of tea production begins in May in most of the tea producing countries.
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