Did you know that International Tea Day is on December 15th?
International Tea Day wasn't originally created as a reason to enjoy more tea, however. Though, It was started by trade unions, and labour organizations as a way to draw attention to the impact of the global tea trade on workers, small growers, and consumers.
In a conference held in Delhi on December 13-14 in 2004, delegates from major tea producing countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Malawi, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam came up with a universal declaration on the rights of tea workers and small growers in order to strengthen advocacy.
On December 15th, 2005, workers and growers from tea producing countries observed the first International Tea Day. Trade unions, workers' organizations and other civil society organizations continue to come together each year to organize seminars, dialogues, public events and for submitting a charter of demands to their respective governments.
Recognition of ITD each year continues to contribute to the heightened sense of solidarity among small tea growers in India and has strengthened the Confederation of Indian Small Tea Growers Associations as the representative body of small tea growers in India.