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International Tea Day

International Tea Day is celebrated on December 15th every year. Trade Unions started recognizing the day in 2005 to emphasize the health benefits, cultural importance, and economic impact of tea.

International Tea Day united tea growers small and large into a singular effort: ensure that the tea market is sustainable and provides safe working conditions.

Read on for some good tea quotes, jokes, captions, and fun facts.

International Tea Day

Quotes For Tea Drinkers

The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of coziness.
P.G. Wodehouse

Ecstasy is a glass full of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth.
Alexander Pushkin

What a better way to suggest friendliness – and to create it – than with a cup of tea?
J. Grayson Luttrell

What is the most beautiful thing for people like myself who follow the Way of Tea? My answer: the oneness of host and guest created through meeting heart to heart and sharing a bowl of tea.
Soshitsu Sen

When there’s tea, there’s hope.
Sir Arthur Pinero

Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude, and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties.

Wouldn’t it be awful to live in a country where they didn’t have tea?
Sir Noel Coward

My experience convinced me that tea was better than brandy, and during the last six months in Africa, I took no brandy, even when sick taking tea instead.
Theodore Roosevelt

Tea! Thou soft, thou sober sage and venerable liquid, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moments of my life. Let me fall prostrate.
Colley Cibber

All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong but like it a little stronger each year that passes.
George Orwell

Jokes About Tea

An underage weasel walks into a bar, and the bartender says, I can’t serve an underage weasel. The weasel says that’s okay, I don’t need an alcoholic drink. The bartender says, okay, we have water, pop, tea, or coffee? What do you want? Pop goes the weasel.

A guy visits his doctor and says, Doc, I don’t know what’s wrong; every time I drink tea, it hurts. The doctor says, where does it hurt? It hurts in my right eye, says the man. Take the spoon out of your mug, says the doctor.

My niece was having a tea party. She asked her Teddy Bear, Mr. Bear would you like something to eat. The bear replied, no thanks, I’m stuffed.

What kind of tea does no one like? A penalTEA.

A man named Duncan liked to dip his scones in his tea.

What word starts with a T, ends with t, and is full of tea? A Teapot.

A young girl asked her father, what is a pirate’s favorite kind of tea? Her father said I don’t know. The little girl said boo tea.

They put little Bobby in time out and asked him the difference between coffee and time out? Bobby shrugged his shoulders, and they said, Bobby, one is naughty, and one is not tea.

Instagram Captions for International Tea Day

Keep Calm and Sip On.

Slurp, don’t gulp.

Fancy a cup of tea?

Not my cup of tea.

One cube or two?

Spill the tea.

Tea time vibes.

What an excellent way to wake up with tea!

So cool, they call it Iced Tea.

Here’s to tea – Cheers!

Note to self: tea really helps!

Where there’s tea, there’s hope.

Weak tea.

Blood type: Tea positive!

This tea is piping hot.

Today’s positive mood is sponsored by tea.

No time is a bad time for tea.

Tea for two, me and you.


Here are frequently asked questions about International Tea Day.

How do I Celebrate International Tea Day?

Raise a cup to celebrate tea. Drinking tea on International Tea Day is the perfect way to celebrate. Pick out your favorite tea, brew a mug or pot, and enjoy it with family and friends. You could even walk on the wild side and try a new flavor.

Throw a Tea Party. Not the kind when you were little with dolls and stuffed animals, but real people. Have fun with it. Invite your family and friends to come dressed in Victorian outfits. Serve finger sandwiches and play chamber music.

Take time to learn a little about the history of tea. We are all familiar with the Lipton tea brand, but did you know it was named after a Scotsman? Thomas Lipton opened his first tea shop in Glasgow in 1876. Maybe play a game of Tea Trivia.

Bake something delicious to go with your tea. Like scones, muffins, or even donuts. Get some people together and solicit recipes. You could even give away a prize for the baked good that goes best with tea.

What are the Most Popular Varieties of Tea?

There are five types of tea. All the numerous varieties of tea stem from these five:

  • Oolong
  • Green
  • Black
  • White
  • Pu’er

The ten most popular varieties are:

  • Darjeeling
  • English Breakfast
  • Matcha
  • Chai
  • Earl Grey
  • Jasmine
  • Chamomile
  • Oolong
  • Yerba Mate
  • Rooibos

Who Invented the Tea Bag?

The story of the invention of the teabag is a bit confusing and two-fold. In 1901, two Milwaukee, Wisconsin housewives, Roberta Lawson and Mary Molaren, filed a patent on a bag-like container for tea. The two dynamic women were trying to solve the problem of pouring hot water over loose tea leaves. Users were forced to make an entire pot and then strain the liquid. The women devised a single-serving method using a bag.

In either 1904 or 1908 (dates differ), New York Tea Merchant Thomas Sullivan produced a novel marketing plan. He would pack samples of his tea in silk bags and send them to his customers. His strategy worked, and sales soared. However, his customers used the small silk bags to place in hot water and brew tea. They began ordering it that way.

Improvements to tea bags continue to evolve. In 1930, a heat-sealed tea bag was patented. And, in 1944 the folded rectangular bag we use today was patented.

In 2017, it was discovered that tea bags contained a minuscule amount of plastic. Because gardeners like to compost tea bags, this posed a problem. By 2018, manufacturers began using corn starch to seal bags eliminating all plastic.

History of Tea Video

Learn more about the history of tea.

Fun Facts About Tea

People in Turkey drink more tea than citizens of any other country, including England.

The Big Red Robe is a type of Chinese tea that is the most expensive in the world. It is $1.2 million for a little more than two pounds.

China is the number one grower of tea in the world.

Bubble Tea is the most popular tea in China, while Sweet Iced Tea is the most popular in the U.S.

There are over 20,000 different varieties of tea worldwide. It is actively grown in 35 countries, and 13 million people work in the industry.

Tea is the most popular beverage in the world.

Darjeeling is the most popular tea in the world, with English Breakfast Tea coming in at number two.

Green Tea is considered a superfood and has medicinal benefits. Green Tea is filled with antioxidants, antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer properties.

The largest tea bag, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, could brew 100,000 cups. It measured nine feet eight inches by thirteen feet and weighed 550 pounds.

Tasseography is the technical term for tea reading. It is a fortune-telling method where the reader interprets the patterns of the tea leaves.

By Tim Moodie

Tim Moodie is a writer, creative director, and inventor.


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