January is the “Month of Life” and what better way to celebrate a healthy lifestyle than with rooibos? South Africa will be celebrating the second National Rooibos Day on Tuesday, 16 January 2018.
Why rooibos? Celebrating this unique and proudly South African drink is easy – most South Africans love the product and drink it regularly. The health benefits of this unique South African product are known around the world.
Rooibos Day will be celebrated all over South Africa and the rest of the world on social media and everybody is invited to take part and also organise their own Rooibos Day events and share their perfect #RooibosMoment.
“We are over the moon to celebrate the second National Rooibos Day next year,” says Sanet Stander, co-owner of the Rooibos Tea House in Clanwilliam and co-founder of the Rooibos Route. “At the Rooibos Tea House we welcome many visitors – they travel thousands of kilometers to experience this unique tea in the heart of rooibos country. Every time we tell them the story about Benjamin Ginsberg, founder of the industry, they also want to celebrate National Rooibos Day with friends and family.
“For us National Rooibos Day was a dream come true because we just love Rooibos and its diversity – living in Clanwilliam and being part of the industry we want to celebrate this proudly South African product with everyone. Rooibos is a household name that every South African grew up with and drank regularly and therefore it’s easy to dedicate a day to this product. Let’s celebrate rooibos as a nation and let the world know that we are extremely proud of our product.”
There are many ways to celebrate Rooibos Day, Stander says. “If you own a beauty salon, you could for example have special rooibos treatments for your regular clients. With the diversity of infused rooibos products you could cook up a storm on National Rooibos Day, try your hand at a new recipe, enjoy a glass of rooibos red wine or a rooibos beer. Or have a gin party and add some rooibos aperitif as an alternative.”
“Why not try to break the record that the people of Clanwilliam set on the first National Rooibos Day in January this year? We had 1 246 people in one space drinking a cup of Rooibos tea at the same time. Encourage your school to set a new record,” Marietjie Smit, associate and sibling of Sanet Stander, suggests.
Stander welcomes you, wherever you are, to celebrate Rooibos Day. She suggests you celebrate it at your teahouse, restaurant or invite friends for a quaint tea party. You can celebrate Rooibos Day any way you prefer.
What do you plan for National Rooibos Day? Share your #RooibosMoment with us on social media.