Hibiscus iced tea with blueberries (photo © Blueberry Council).
April 21st is the birthday of England’s Queen Elizabeth, born in 1926. It’s also National Tea Day in the U.K., created in her honor. But there are many more national tea holidays in the U.S., and others to celebrate worldwide.
So, fellow tea lovers: get ready to celebrate year-round. There’s at least one holiday in every month except July.
(July is National July Belongs to Blueberries Month, so perhaps some blueberry iced tea—photo #3?)
The holidays originated in the U.S., except as noted.
But no matter what country or people established the holiday, you can celebrate alongside them.
For National Caffeine Awareness Month (March), celebrate with decaffeinated tea or herbal tea.
*The Nibble created this holiday in honor of Anna, Duchess of Bedford, who created the custom of afternoon tea. She was born on September 3, 1783. Here’s the story of afternoon tea.
†There are two Japanese Tea Days celebrated in Japan, plus other tea days.
‡The world’s tea-producing countries established International Tea Day in 2004, to draw attention to the impact that the tea trade has on workers and growers. Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam.