Little would you have realized holding your morning cup of tea today, that the beverage in your hand is being celebrated all of over the world as you sip it. This is the day you can thank Mother Nature and tea producers for refreshing you with every cup. Happy International Tea Day!
The first rightful person deserving thanks existed several millennia ago. Shennong, the legendary Chinese Emperor first discovered tea as a medicinal herb some time around 2737 BC. Soon, it’s pleasant fragrance and taste caught on and it came into the daily lives of the Chinese. It was only in the 16th century that the Portuguese and British were introduced to the beverage, after which tea became a global favorite.
India became a tea loving nation thanks to the British, who started tea plantation here during the 19th century in order to break the Chinese monopoly in tea production. The success of experiments in Assam and then Darjeeling encouraged development of the crop in other regions of India too, and gave rise to additional tea regions in South India and consequently, a thriving tea industry with three Geographical Indication (GI) tags: Darjeeling, Assam and Nilgiri. Today, India is one of the largest producers and also the largest consumer of tea in the world!
Tea is an integral part of our lives now, and it’s hard to imagine life without it. One may not be wrong in saying that we are a tea-addicted nation. But well, better be addicted to something good!
For all the times that tea has made us happy, we owe it a small celebration. Meet an old friend over tea today. Or make tea for someone you care about. Let happiness spread! And if you don’t drink tea, try making today an exception.