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Odisha’s Baliyatra enters Guinness World Records for making 22,000 paper boats

Children at the Baliyatra 2022 made 22,000 paper boats in 35 minutes (Pics. Courtesy Twitter/@_Baliyatra)

The largest open-air trade fair in Odisha, the Baliyatra held in Cuttack, has created a record by making 22,000 paper boats in just 35 minutes. This achievement got them a place in the Guinness World Records.

In this feat, more than 2,100 students of 22 schools were involved and they made the paper boats at an event organised at Barabati Stadium by the district administration and Cuttack Municipal Corporation on Tuesday.

The objective of this initiative was to get global recognition for Cuttack’s Baliyatra, an event which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned while addressing the Indian Community Meet at Bali, Indonesia during his recent visit to the country for the G20 meet.

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Students during the paper boat making session at Baliyatra 2022

The Guinness World Records headquarters in London was informed about the attempt to make 10,000 paper boats in just 15 minutes. They issued the protocol for organising the event and the Administration drafted 3,000 students for making the boats while also training them. The record book authorities also prescribed the size and weight of the boats.

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The certificate awarded by the Guinness World Records to Baliyatra 2022

During the event, officials of Guinness World Records, Bhabani Shankar Chayani Collector and Subhas Singh Mayor were present.

The record presented after the event mentions that it has been awarded for “the most people folding origami sculptures simultaneously”.

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