Luxmi Tea Group celebrates Children’s Day this year with the plantation workers’ kids at Makaibari, Darjeeling
The 110 years old Luxmi Tea Group, one of India’s oldest, largest and finest tea group, celebrated National Children’s Day with the little ones of the plantation workforce and areas around the estate. As a group, Luxmi has always cherished these little moments of joy with its people, the hands who have nurtured the tea plantation, the leaves, the estates and believed in the giving.
This Children’s Day, Luxmi Tea dedicated a day to its estate kids who have grown up in and around these estates, are living their lives within the estates, seeing their parents worship the mother earth and celebrate the nature.
The festivity started with a walk across the estate, learning about the flora and fauna living in the rich biodiversity of the Makaibari tea estate, refreshing their minds as they breathe through the nature. Following the same, the kids were taken for an experiential of plucking tea leaves at the estate. The kids were then taken for a tasting session where in the children brewed their own teas and even created some unique recipes!
Talking about the field trip with the kids at the Makaibari Tea Estate, Rudra Chatterjee, Managing Director, Luxmi Tea Group said: “Giving children experiences in nature, exploring the outdoors and engaging them in conversation about beauty and preservation of nature can make them more attentive to their ecosystems. Luxmi as a group has always worked towards the betterment of the livelihood of our plantation workers, giving back to the mother earth and building a sustainable ecosystem for our coming generations. Teaching them early about the value of nature’s treasure can help them understand and protect this treasure when it’s their time to take care of it. The day spent with kids at the estate was an overwhelming encounter for all the plantation workers as well as the kids who have grown up in and around the estate. We look forward to continuing such engaging and educative sessions with the kids and their families across the tea estates going forward.”
Established in 1912, when the tea industry was predominantly British, under the tutelage of P.C. Chatterjee, Luxmi Tea became an Indian movement for self-reliance and as an expression of freedom from the British Raj. It has now come to stand for the freedom of spirit, quality product, and the art of tea crafting. Luxmi’s tea gardens produce the best tea – TV1, Panitola and Samdang. Adopting permaculture and organic farming has been the first step to sustainability. Estates have shunned the use of chemical additives and are switching to natural remedies. Every ounce of tea processed is subject to rigorous standard tests and is MRL verified.