National Bubble Tea Day

Young woman sipping bubble tea, wearing a trendy outfit, surrounded by vibrant, colorful murals and urban street art..
National bubble tea day illustration

Calling all tea enthusiasts and bubble lovers! National Bubble Tea Day on May 1st is that splendid time of year when the whole internet gathers to celebrate this sweet, bubbly, and highly Instagrammable beverage. Let's dive into a cup filled with the rich internet history of this enjoyable occasion.

When is Bubble Tea Day?

It's national bubble tea day on the 1st May.

A Little about Bubble Tea

Bubble tea, also known as boba or pearl tea, was born in Taiwan in the 1980s and has since rolled its way across the globe. This delightful concoction combines tea, milk, sugar, and chewy tapioca pearls. But its fame has grown so much that today, variations include fruit teas, slushies, and even popping boba.

National Bubble Tea Day History

Our data shows 3481 mentions of National Bubble Tea Day across the vast expanses of the internet. From tweets to blog posts, it seems people just cannot get enough of those bouncy little bubbles. It seems the 'boba boom' reached its crescendo on May 1st, 2019 when #BubbleTeaDay trended, turning the internet into a fizzy flurry of bubble tea love.

Why the buzz?

Part of the buzz around National Bubble Tea Day is the sense of community it engenders. People from all walks of life can come together, sip on their straws, and share their enthusiasm for this refreshing delight. Whether it's whipping up a homemade batch, trying a new flavor at the local café, or engaging in a light-hearted debate over the 'straw' tactic, it's all part of what makes this day special.

Sip and celebrate!

So, come May 1st, why not immerse yourself in the sweet, swirling world of bubble tea? Share a selfie with your favorite flavor, give a shout-out to your go-to boba spot, and spread the bubble tea love. Remember, the joy of National Bubble Tea Day is just a sip away!

History behind the term 'Bubble Tea'


The Invention

Bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea or boba tea, was invented in the 1980s in Taiwan. Its origins are disputed among several tea shops, but the most commonly accepted story credits Lin Hsiu Hui for creating the iconic beverage. She added tapioca balls (boba) to her iced tea, creating a unique and addictive drink.


The Popularity Spreads

Bubble tea gained popularity in Taiwan, quickly spreading to other Asian countries such as Hong Kong and Singapore. The drink's popularity was fueled by the appealing combination of refreshing tea, creamy milk, chewy tapioca pearls, and the ability to customize sweetness and ice levels.


Global Expansion

Bubble tea made its way overseas and started to gain traction in Western countries. Taiwanese immigrants and students introduced the beverage to communities in the United States, Canada, and Australia. It rapidly became a trendy drink, especially among younger generations.


Innovative Flavors

As bubble tea's popularity increased, so did the creativity in flavor offerings. Shops began experimenting with fruit flavors, blended drinks, and unique toppings like aloe vera, lychee, taro, grass jelly, and more. This expanded the appeal of bubble tea and allowed for endless variations.


Cultural Phenomenon

With the rise of social media and the influence of Asian pop culture, bubble tea became a cultural phenomenon. It was not only enjoyed as a tasty beverage but also embraced as a lifestyle and trend. Bubble tea shops became meeting spots for friends, and the drink became an aesthetic symbol in various online communities.


Continued Growth

Bubble tea remains immensely popular worldwide. It has evolved beyond just a trendy drink and has become a staple in many cities, with numerous bubble tea chains and independent shops offering a wide variety of flavors and options. Its appeal lies in the combination of flavors, textures, and the overall experience it provides.

Did you know?

While the traditional bubble tea contains tapioca pearls, the 'bubble' in its name actually refers to the frothy bubbles formed when the tea is shaken!


food fun celebration tea lovers bubble tea

First identified

29th April 2018

Most mentioned on

1st May 2019

Total mentions


Other days

bubble tea

Bubble Tea Day

pepperoni pizza

Pepperoni Pizza Day


Vodka Day


Martini Day

pizza party

Pizza Party Day

cheese pizza

Cheese Pizza Day


Chili Day

iced tea

Iced Tea Day

pina colada

Pina Colada Day

chocolate ice cream

Chocolate Ice Cream Day