International Tea Day

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International Tea Day
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Tea harvesting in Sri Lanka, one of the celebrants of International Tea Day
Official nameInternational Tea Day
Observed bytea producing countries
Date15 December

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

The main architects were M. Subbu (New Trade Union Initiative), Shatadru Chattopadhayay (CEC), Samir Roy (HMS), Ashok Ghosh (UTUC) and Paramasivam (INTUC) at the World Social Forum in 2004, the first International Tea Day was celebrated in New Delhi in 2005,[4] with later celebrations organized in Sri Lanka in 2006 and 2008.[2] International Tea Day celebrations and the related Global Tea Conferences have been jointly organized by trade union movements.[2]

In 2015, the Indian government proposed expanding the observance of International Tea Day through the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.[5]

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  1. ^ "International Tea Day". Confederation of Indian Small Tea Growers Association. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  2. ^ a b c "South Asian tea workers call for International Tea day". Sunday Times in Sri Lanka. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  3. ^ "International Tea Day: Consumers Demand a Fair Cuppa". Fairtrade Canada. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  4. ^ "International Tea Day 2005 Report" (PDF). Centre for Education and Communication. 2006-03-02. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  5. ^ "'Tea day' proposal to UN". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-12-15.

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