On 6th July 2017 to mark the 150th Anniversary of Ceylon Tea, a 24-hour long global tea party was hosted by Sri Lanka’s Diplomatic Missions around the world. Starting in Fiji and spreading across every time zone, starting sharp at five in the evening at each of the 50 or so countries taking part.
Tea is Sri Lanka’s most important agricultural commodity, with Ceylon Tea being one of the top exporters of the nation. The tea industryhas played a vital role in shaping not only the economic, but cultural and social identities of the country as well, so such a grand celebration was definitely in order.
The Sri Lankan embassy here organized the Singaporean segment of the record-breaking tea party, inviting members of the Singapore community to take part in the celebrations. The host, HE Mr Nimal Weeratne, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Singapore, proudly recalled the humble beginnings of Ceylon Tea and its inspirational journey of 150 years.
Guests were treated to a generous spread of Sri Lankan delicacies but the star of the evening was, of course, the piping hot cups of freshlybrewed Ceylon Tea of every flavour imaginable,