New Delhi: International Tea Day is observed annually on December 15. It has been celebrated since 2005 in tea producing countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Uganda, India and Tanzania.
International Tea Day aims to draw global attention of governments and citizens to the impact of the global tea trade on workers and growers, and has been linked to requests for price supports and fair trade.
International Tea Day was founded as an initiative by trade unions and international organisations that met in Mumbai, India in 2004 during the World Social Forum and was first celebrated on December 15, 2005, in India’s national capital, New Delhi.
The first International Tea Day was celebrated in New Delhi in 2005. The day was first proposed in 2004 at the World Social Forum. Ever since then, International Tea Day celebrations and the related Global Tea Conference have been jointly organised by the Trade Union movements.
The Indian Government in 2015 proposed to expand the observance of International Tea Day through the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. World organisations, trade unions and civil societies arrange for many activities to honour International Tea Day.