Guinness World Record: Assam’s 721 Karbi community members walk on stilts

by margretcaron
Indigenous Karbi people celebrate their culture with spectacular stilt- walking record — Guinness World Record/File
Indigenous Karbi people celebrate their culture with spectacular stilt- walking record — Guinness World Record/File

A global record for stilt-walking was broken by hundreds of members of the Karbi community, an indigenous minority in northeast India, the New York Post reported.

They created a queue that stretched a remarkable 1.24 miles, setting a new Guinness World Record for the longest-moving queue of people walking on stilts with 721 participants.

According to the record book, the group, well-known for their traditional sport of Kang Dong Dang, which involves them racing to a finish line on stilts, walked on bamboo stilts for ten minutes.

The achievement took place in Assam, India, and was coordinated by the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council.

It happened at the 50th Karbi Youth Festival, where kids, teens, and adults took part. All the participants were dressed in their traditional attire and before starting, everyone said a prayer.

According to Rajeshan Terang, secretary of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, “Breaking the Guinness World Records title for the longest moving queue of people walking on stilts was not just about achieving a milestone but also a celebration of our cultural heritage, unity, and resilience as a community.”

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