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Global Tea Party for 150th year of Ceylon Tea

15 July 2017

The global tea party to mark the 150th year of Ceylon Tea was held on 6th July 2017 at the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Durban with the participation of over 50 persons representing Consul Generals and Honorary Consuls based in Durban, officials from the Durban Chamber, business people, journalists, and community members.

Photo: High Commissioner Sunil De Silva pouring a cup of Ceylon tea

Sri Lanka and Ceylon tea hosted what is popularly known as “The Global Ceylon Tea Party” at Sri Lankan diplomatic entities in 37 countries, while partner tea companies, cafes, and homes across the globe hosted similar parties on 6th of July.

Locations in up to 50 countries with populations in excess of half the world, are targeted to celebrate this unprecedented event that will set a world record for the largest and longest global tea party ever. Starting in the Pacific and ending on the West coast of the Americas the parties commenced at 5pm or 17 hrs GMT in each time zone and spread from East to West. This global chain resulted in 24 hours of cumulative celebrations for Ceylon Tea in all corners of the world.

In 1867, an enterprising Scotsman named James Taylor respected as the “Father of Ceylon Tea” pioneered the commercial cultivation of this “Green Gold” in our Paradise Island, then known as Ceylon. Today Sri Lanka’s tea industry has retained the world renowned Ceylon tea identity due to its global recognition. During this 150 year journey Ceylon tea has become a household name, whilst being recognized by connoisseurs as being amongst the best specialty teas in the world.

Delivering a welcome speech at the event, the High Commissioner, HE Mr. Sunil De Silva, on behalf of Ceylon Tea Industry, thanked South Africans for sharing the Journey of 150 years with Ceylon Tea and wished to continue the long partnership for years to come.

A representative from Entyce Beverages, the main bulk Ceylon tea importer for Five Roses brand in South Africa conducted a tea tasting session. At the end of the event the guests were invited to taste a cup of pure Ceylon Tea with Maliban Biscuits and other savouries.

High Commission of Sri Lanka in Pretoria, South Africa

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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