Sri Chinmoy’s 80th Birthday

August 27th, 2011 was the 80th anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s birthday.

New York Councilman and Park Director complete the world's longest garland in honour of Sri Chinmoy's 80th birthday. (photo Prashphutita)

To mark the occasion, Ashrita Furman and 170 members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team created a new Guinness World Record for the world’s largest garland of flowers.

NY-Councilman and Park Director complete the world's longest garland (photo-Jowan-Gauthier)

Using 80,000 carnations, the team created a 2.15 mile garland of flowers around a lake in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Ashrita Furman spoke of the event:

“My friends and I have a tradition to express our gratitude to Sri Chinmoy as he inspires us to discover inner peace, joy and strength through meditation. On the occasion of Sri Chinmoy’s 80th birthday anniversary we wanted to do something special. The huge garland expresses the deep gratitude we feel. There was an great feeling of oneness and harmony because people from 35 countries were connected by the garland in a circle symbolising planet earth.”

Volunteer helps make the garland

80,000 carnations were flown in from Columbia to Miami airport and then transported in a refrigerated lorry to New York. The 170 volunteers worked from 6.30am to 13.00 to complete the record garland.

Part of the 2.15 mile Garland
Sanjaya Spettigue and Ashrita Furman measure the garland


Source: Sri Chinmoy TV

Video by Parimal

2 thoughts on “Sri Chinmoy’s 80th Birthday”

  1. At the very same time this was happening, I was busy at work with about 27 others on the cake to honor Sri Chinmoy’s 80th birthday. I’m very sorry I missed this wonderful event, but want to thank all who happily participated. Just great!!

    And I want to thank whoever placed a left-over single garland on my door. It was a very sweet gift to receive but no note as to who left this. Gratitude……very happy to receive this small replica of the much larger significant one!! All love, Snehashila

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