A staggering 4,605 school children gathered to celebrate the 146th birthday of India’s renowned non-violent activist Mohandas Gandhi and to spread his values of peace and inclusiveness in record-breaking style at Kanteerava stadium in Bangalore, India last Friday.
Pupils aged between 6 and 14 from Venkat, St. Ann’s and Venus Group of Institutions school took part in the attempt for the Largest gathering of people dressed as Mohandas Gandhi title, and after four hours of getting into position, they successfully achieved a new world record.
Everyone wore Gandhi's traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, and sported false moustaches, bald caps, glasses and bamboo sticks.
The record challenge was organised in remembrance of the legend’s sacrifices during his life-long fight for civil rights and freedom for everyone across the globe.
In recent years this has been a popular record in India and the number of participants dressed as “Mahatama” ("Great Soul") just keeps growing.
The record was first set in January 2012, when just 485 costumed children helped to raise money for the charities T.R.A.C.K.S Training Resource and Care for Kids (India).
But by October 2013 the total had been raised to 2,955 by Sowdambikaa Group of Schools (India).
Official Guinness World Records adjudicator Mr Pravin Patel attended Venkat, St. Ann’s and Venus Group of Institutions' attempt on Friday and was thrilled to announce that the school had beaten this record by an impressive 1,650 kids.