National Hot Tea Day is an American holiday dedicated to hot tea. It is celebrated annually on January 12th. Tea began to be consumed in ancient China (about the 2nd century BC). It was noted that this hot drink invigorates, relieves fatigue and even allows you to cleanse the body of toxins.
The creation of National Hot Tea Day belongs to the US Tea Council, which established this holiday in 2016.
One of the many legends about the origin of tea says that it was received in 2737 BC. Then the servants boiled water in a clay pot for Emperor Shen Nong, and tea leaves accidentally got into it. The result was a fragrant and tasty drink, which the emperor really liked. Since then, tea began to actively spread throughout China.
Tea entered Europe much later. There is historical evidence that in 1607 the first time tea was shipped to European countries. In the 1650s, tea could already be enjoyed in London coffeehouses. Extensive smuggling of tea in the 18th century spread this drink around the world. In the 19th century, it was already considered an everyday drink.
- Until the middle of the 17th century, all tea was green. Later in China, black tea was obtained by fermenting fresh leaves. It had a rich taste and aroma, and could also keep fresh for much longer, which facilitated transportation to other countries.
- According to statistics, more than 3,5 billion cups of tea are drunk every day around the world.
- Cold tea was invented in 1904 in St. Louis. A vendor at one event tried to sell hot tea to people. However, due to the hot weather, no one wanted to look in the direction of this drink. He came up with an original solution: he threw ice cubes into the tea. Cool tea quickly became popular in the summer season.
How to celebrate
Arrange a National Hot Tea Day tea party with your family or with your friends and loved ones. This holiday is a great occasion to try rare types of teas.
To enjoy the true taste of this drink, you can go to special tea establishments where you can try a variety of teas.
Do not forget to share information about the holiday on social networks. Discuss with other users your favorite teas, tell about your tea traditions and more.
When is National Hot Tea Day celebrated in 2024?
National Hot Tea Day is observed on January 12 each year.