Longest Garland: Ashrita doubles his previous record

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Ashrita Furman and 200 meditation students of Sri Chinmoy from 35 countries – including France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Portugal and Russia – made the world’s longest flower garland together, dedicated to Sri Chinmoy’s 50 years of work for world peace. Sri Chinmoy is a renowned peace visionary who founded the Oneness-Home Peace Run, world’s largest torch relay for peace which went trough Portugal several times, and passed on seven years ago. The team created the 5 mile (8.046 km) string of flowers, which consisted of 180,000 carnations of various colours, in multiple loops at Joseph-Austin-Fieldin in the borough Queens of New York. The supersized garland weighing 4000 lb (1800 kg) ensures Ashrita Furman a new entry in the Guinness Book of Records. The previous record of a 5 km (3.1 mile) garland was set by a team in India, four month after Ashrita had broken the record with a 2.15 mile garland in 2011. Ashrita Furman, a 59-year-old health food store manager from Queens, New York currently holds 206 Guinness World Records, including the official record for “the most records held at the same time by an individual”. A video of the previous record in 2011 can be seen on vimeo.com / Photos: Jowan.

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