35,000 converge to create ‘biggest’ flag

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
35,000 converge to create ‘biggest’ flag

Aug 23, 2014-

As many as 35,000 people stood together in Tundikhel on Saturday in an attempt to create the world’s largest human national flag. Many of the Nepalis who showed up at the parade ground were thrilled to have been part of the effort. “I had to wait for four hours, but I take pride in being witness to this historic moment,” said Geetanjali Neupane, a student at Pulchowk Engineering Campus. “I will be credited if we make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.”A video footage and pictures of the event will be sent to the Guinness World Records, in London, for a world record. The verification process could take up to three months. If the effort meets all the criteria, it will set a new record. Pakistan holds the current record for the world’s largest human national flag. It was set in February 2014 when 28,957 people gathered in Lahore to create a Pakistani flag.

 “This is a historic event. I think we have successfully set a new world record,” said Bhawesh Khanal, president of Human Values for Peace and Prosperity, the event organiser. “Our aim is to show that there is unity among us.”

Fourteen-year-old Nabina Shrestha expressed her joy at being a part of the show. “Like many others, I have drawn the Nepali flag on paper over the years. Today, I got to be one of those who created this biggest flag.”

The flag covered an area of 238,455 sq ft, according to Durgesh Pradhan, a technician who helped design the proceedings. The placards that the participants carried to create the flag’s contours were designed by students from Pulchowk Engineering Campus and Kathmandu Engineering College. The organisers had estimated 35,907 participants--the number deemed necessary to create the design.

The participants, most of whom students, paid an entry-fee of Rs 100. Organisers said some of the amount will be donated to the landslide victims in Sindhupalchok district.

Published: 24-08-2014 09:02

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