World record achieved on National Rooibos Day

On 16 January, 1 246 tea lovers sipped their way into setting a world record to celebrate National Rooibos Day.

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A new world record was set for the largest gathering of people drinking cups of Rooibos tea.
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The event was hosted at the Jan Mostert Park in Clanwilliam, where tea lovers gathered to set the record for the largest gathering of people drinking cups of Rooibos tea.

“After each participant received their cup of Rooibos tea, they were directed to the central meeting point until the entire crowd gathered and was counted. Afterwards we all shouted: Rooibos!” explained Marietjie Smit, one of the event organisers.

According to Smith, the organisers were very satisfied with the attendance.  She said that South Africa would celebrate National Rooibos Day again next year on 16 January, and hoped that it would also be celebrated internationally.

A similar event would, however, not be held at Clanwilliam again.

“This was just an event to inaugurate National Rooibos Day,” explained Smith.

Rooibos is regarded as a unique South African product, since it can only be produced in the Cederberg region.

“The National Rooibos day was organised to celebrate the wealth of Rooibos and to inform people of this product and its many uses,” Smith said.