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Thousands gather at Tundikhel for largest human flag record

KATHMANDU: In an attempt to create new Guinness world record of the ‘largest human national flag’, tens of thousands of people gathered in Tundikhel this morning to form the national flag of Nepal.

As the country’s anthem was played, participants held up crimson, blue and white coloured cardboards for 10 minutes to form the national flag. Nepal’s national flag is the only non-quadrilateral flag consisting of two united pennant shapes in the world.

According to the event organiser, Human Values for Peace and Prosperity, over 35,000 peoples assembled to form the ‘largest human national flag’ today. Bhawesh Khanal, HVPP president, claimed that the flag’s size was of around 115,000 square feet.

The current record for the world’s largest human national flag was set in February 2014 when 28,957 people gathered in Lahore, Pakistan to create Pakistan’s national flag.

According to Khanal, they will send the photographs, videos and the number of participants with bar codes to the head office of Guinness World Records in London. The organiser will send signatures of Maiti Nepal’s chairperson and 2010 CNN Hero, Anuradha Koirala, lyricist of the national anthem Byakul Maila and Chief Executive Officer of Mega Bank, Anil Shah, as eyewitnesses with the evidences.

After receiving permission from the Guinness World Records officials about two months ago, HVPP had initiated the campaign with the theme ‘Breaking Record to Unite Hearts’. “The event was organised to deliver the message of unity,” Khanal explained.

Minister for Youth and Sports Purushottam Poudel said that such enthusiasm of youths to deliver message of unity and national feeling would be a motivation for the government to form youth-oriented policy for the country’s development.

According to the organiser, third year students of Bachelor of Engineering of Pulchowk Engineering Campus and Kathmandu Engineering College had volunteered to engineer the human flag. Around 1,200 youths had volunteered for the past two months to make the event a success.

Source: The Himalayan Times
Date: 23 August, 2014

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