27]INDORE, India--Almost 40,000 people participated at the
world's largest tea party that was organised by the Dainik
Bhaskar daily. Photo: People gather for a tea party at a
stadium in Indore.
More than 32,000 people sipped their way into
a new world record as India hosted the world's largest tea
party in Indore. REUTERS/Handout
“The tea party is an attempt to break the world
record of having the largest tea party in the world. The idea
is that the whole town should come together and not only make
a world record, but also by doing so, realise what all they
can do if they come together,” said Aniel Mahajan, the head
of Dainik Bhaskar, Madhya Pradesh.
For making the ‘Largest Tea Party’ a success,
almost 980 volunteers made 5000 litres of tea with 2500 litres
of milk and water. About 250 kilograms of tea dust and sugar
was used in making the tea.
After the participants were treated to Bollywood
hit numbers sung by popular singers, volunteers started serving
tea to the guests in designer cups. These cups were later
given as gifts to the participants as souvenirs. City residents
who couldn’t attend the event got to see it on local TV channels.
The fund-raising event was organised to support
a participatory movement, where citizens will take up plans,
resources and implementation.
The event, organised by the Hindi newspaper Dainik
Bhaskar, also raised funds to the tune of Rs 5 crore for city
Indore mayor Umashashi Sharma and Ramesh Chandra
Agarwal of the Dainik Bhaskar group received a certificate
for the record amid an impressive show of fireworks and festivities.
The Tea Board was the co-sponsor for the event
along with Hindustan Unilever Ltd, which makes consumer goods.
The previous record had 14778 participants
in Japan on October 8, 2006.