78,220 people waved the national flag together, breaking Pakistan's world record set in 2004

India has created a world record by waving 78,220 national flags simultaneously at a gathering on Saturday.

India entered the Guinness Book of World Records by waving the tricolor flags simultaneously at the Veer Kunwar Singh Vijayotsav program in Bhojpur, Bihar, the Union Ministry of Culture announced on Monday.

The occasion was a tribute to the glorious victory of the then King of Jagdishpur, Veer Kunwar Singh who is considered one of the ‘heroes’ of the freedom struggle of 1857. Babu Kunwar Singh was also a great social reformer and he had placed the idea of welfare of the backward and downtrodden before the nation at that time.

The event was organized by the Union Home Ministry and the Union Culture Ministry under the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' celebrations. The feat was witnessed by representatives of the Guinness Book of World Records. Union Home Minister Amit Shah was also present on the occasion.

In his address, the Union Home Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has envisioned that in 2047, India should lead globally and this can be our true tribute to all brave freedom fighters like Veer Kunwar Singh. Today, the people of Bihar have paid their tribute to Babu ji and have once again immortalized Veer Kunwar Singh's name in history, he said.

It may be noted that the previous world record was set by Pakistan, when about 56,000 Pakistani flags were waved at a function in Lahore in 2004.