• International Tea Day is observed annually on May 21st to celebrate the long history and cultural significance of tea around the world.
  • The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed May 21st as International Tea Day in 2019 and first official U.N. International Tea Day was celebrated on May 21, 2020.


  • The origins of tea can be traced to ancient China.
  • Tea is a beverage made from the Camellia sinensis plant.
  • It is the world’s most consumed drink, after water, with over 2 billion cups consumed every day.
  • It is grown in over 50 countries
  • India is the second-largest producer of tea globally.
  • Conditions for tea growth
    • It is a tropical and sub-tropical plant and grows well in hot and humid climates.
    • The ideal temperature for its growth is 20°-30°C and temperatures above 35°C and below 10°C are harmful for the bush.
    • It requires 150-300 cm annual rainfall which should be well distributed throughout the year.
    • The most suitable soil for tea cultivation is slightly acidic soil (without calcium) with porous sub-soil which permits a free percolation of water.
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