United Nations: December 15: The United Nations General Assembly has declared 21st May as ‘International Tea Day’ on recommendation of India. It is worth mentioning that this proposal was introduced by India at the International Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) inter-governmental group meeting in Milan four years ago. At present, International Tea Day is celebrated every year on 15 December by the tea producing countries. At the same time, on June 21, International Yoga Day is celebrated on the initiative of India. The United Nations General Assembly said in its notification that we want to make the world aware of the contribution of tea to the rural economy of the world, so that the goals related to sustainable development of 2030 can be met.
The United Nations is confident that declaring May 21 as International Tea Day will help increase its production and consumption, helping it fight hunger and poverty in rural areas. Also, the United Nations General Assembly has recognized the tea’s medicinal properties as well as cultural importance.
The United Nations has appealed to all member countries, international and regional organizations to celebrate May 21 as International Tea Day every year. Such programs will be organized on this day, so that the importance of tea can be explained in strengthening the rural economy. At present, International Tea Day is celebrated every year on 15th December by the tea producing countries. It includes India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and many more countries. However it was started by an NGO. The reason behind choosing the month of May for this day was stated that tea production is the best in this month.