Proud members of the Karbi community showed off their spectacular stilt-walking skills to break a record while celebrating their heritage.

They set the record for the longest moving line of people walking on stilts in Assam, India with 721 people taking part. The attempt was organised by the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC).

The record-breaking line stretched an impressive 2 km (1.24 mi), with participants walking on their stilts for 10 minutes.

This was a new record title, with the minimum set at 250 people - far below the number who took part.

Assam is home to the indigenous Kabri, who are concentrated in the hill districts of Karbi and West Karbi Anglong.

drone view of the longest moving line of people walking on stilts

The district is overseen by the KACC who ensure the self-governance and development of the Karbi people.

There are currently over 500,000 Karbi who live in India and it's the largest major ethnic community.

The act of stilt walking, known locally as Kang Dong Dang, has long been a tradition deeply rooted in the Kabri culture and passed down through generations.

Row of people stilt walking

The extraordinary event was held at the 50th Karbi Youth Festival where the participants, dressed in traditional attire, gathered at Bokolia Bypass near Diphu.

Celebrating their diverse community, children, teenagers, adults and even the elderly took part.

To facilitate counting, each one wore a numbered bib that was attached to their front.

Adjudicator Rishi Nath and spectators watch the longest line of people walking on stilts record attempt

Before the attempt, a group prayer was held to keep spirits high.

At the start signal, participants commenced their synchronized walking on bamboo stilts in a line that stretched across the venue.

The participants were cheered on by erupting applause from spectators.

participants taking part in the longest moving line of people walking on stilts

Throughout the record attempt, volunteers and event organizers provided support and ensured safety measures were being kept.

As the last participant crossed the finish line, a wave of relief swept through the crowd.

A ceremony was then held to announce the achievement and Guinness World Records Adjudicator Rishi Nath was on hand to present the certificate.

Participant walk in a line on stilts

The record-breaking day concluded with festive celebrations, cultural performances and feasting.

Breaking the Guinness World Records title for the longest moving line of people walking on stilts was not just about achieving a milestone; it was a celebration of our cultural heritage, unity, and resilience as a community. Through this remarkable feat, we have showcased the vibrancy and strength of the Karbi people, inspiring pride and unity among generations. This achievement is a testament to what we can accomplish when we come together with determination, passion, and a shared sense of purpose. - Rajeshan Terang, ACS Secretary at Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council

The council hope that the record, that shows a deep appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of the Kabri people, will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Guinness World Records certificate presented by adjudicator Rishi Nath

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