International Tea Day takes place every May 21, as denoted by the United Nations (U.N.) general assembly.
The U.N. explained that the special day promotes and fosters collective action to implement activities in favor of the sustainable production and consumption of tea, in addition to raising awareness of its importance in fighting hunger and poverty.
Of course, International Tea Day on May 21 is different than International Tea Day on Dec. 15, which is celebrated by many tea producing countries each year, highlighting the trade and its importance to growers and workers.
Celebrate with the World’s Biggest Online Tea-Sipping Event
To celebrate this year’s International Tea Day on May 21, the European Specialty Tea Association (ESTA) is organizing the world’s biggest online tea-sipping event, which will take place on Sunday, May 21 at 9 a.m. EDT.
According to the European Specialty Tea Association: “Tea embodies so many cultures and spans the world in so many different forms, though it is ultimately this one universal leaf. This International Tea Day, our goal is to reach far and wide to give you a taste of this diversity and unity of tea from across the globe.”
ESTA noted that its primary goal is to educate people about the world of tea, and they’re taking that commitment one step further with this one-of-a-kind Zoom session, which bridges the gap between tea producers, consumers and all tea lovers around the world.
More Than 1,000 Participants Are Expected
The special International Tea Day session should gather more than 1,000 participants from all over the world, per ESTA, to “raise a cup in unison to celebrate this amazing beverage.”
The gathering will highlight how tea is enjoyed all over the world and feature some of the women who make tea their life’s work.
Overall, the online meeting will cover some of the themes that tea embodies – wellness, charity and kindness, entrepreneurship, fun and culture.
Just some of the participants in the event include: Paola Cruz (@practicewithpaola), a well-being influencer, who will talk about tea and wellness and how to infuse this in your life; Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace MD, an author and tea scientist, who will discuss how to improve your tea experience at home; sisters from Nepal Tea Collective, who will talk about their life in tea; and Muskan Khanna, head of operations at Tea Studio, who will share insights on being one of the youngest women tea makers, among other speakers.
The special event is expected to last one hour, and participants may join the Zoom session at any time. Participants will need to prepare their own tea in advance, and a recording of the session will be available sometime after the event at the European Specialty Tea Association’s website.
The online event is free and donations will be accepted (but not required) at registration, which will go 100-percent towards educating women in tea.
For details on International Tea Day, visit the U.N.'s informational page at UN.org/en/Observances/Tea-Day.
For details on the European Specialty Tea Association’s event on May 21, visit Event Brite here.
To learn more about the European Specialty Tea Association, visit SpecialityTeaEurope.com.
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