National Tea Day was observed for the first time in the country yesterday.
This decision was taken at a cabinet meeting to commemorate the contribution of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the tea industry on the occasion of his birth centenary, said Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi at a virtual briefing from his office in secretariat on Wednesday.
On this day, Bangabandhu became the first Bengali chairman of the Tea Board and he served the board from June 4 in 1957 to October 23 in 1958, the minister said.
"So, the first National Tea Day is being celebrated on June 4," he added.
Yesterday morning, the commerce minister inaugurated the day at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital, said a press release. Through observing the day, the role of the tea industry in the overall economic development of the country is also being recognised, said the minister.
Among others, Expatriates Welfare Minister Imran Ahmad was also present at the event. A discussion and tea exhibition were also held there. Marking the day, different organisations held such exhibitions across the country.