Singaporeans love to set records too

Singaporeans love to set records too
It's a record... a temple volunteer securing raffia strings holding vertical strings of flowers across the hall of Sri Thendayuthapani Temple on Oct 5, 2013. The temple is entered in the Singapore Records for setting a new record for the longest thoranam - 371m - a decoration done for auspicious Indian events.

Singapore has seen more than its share of records being broken.

Just this month, rangoli artist Vijya Mohan created an art installation of 739 plastic water pots or kundams which entered the Singapore Book of Records for the largest display of handpainted kundams.

In another event on Jan 18, 200 people from all races took part in the largest mass pongal cooking. They pitched in at the open field in Pending Road to cook sweetened rice in clay pots over charcoal fires.

On Oct 5, 2013, about 150 people helped create the longest thoranam - garlands made of jasmine and rose flowers and coconut and mango leaves.

At 371m long, it took more than 2,200 strings of leaves and flowers to set the national record for the longest thoranam.

Schools love to break records too. Chief among them is Fajar Secondary School, which set its 29th Singapore record on

Jan 17 with its largest display of 50-cent coins. The school used 7,891 pieces of 50-cent coins to depict the coin design in a rectangular box measuring 2.4m by 2.6m.

Some world records:

In September 2004, 3,594 Singaporeans participated in the largest mass health check, which lasted six hours.

In May 2005, Mr T. R. Sundaresan broke the record for a non-stop drum performance by playing the mridungum, an Indian drum, for 42 hours.

In April 2008, Tampines West Constituency Sports Club broke the world record for the most people sitting on a chair, with 1,058 participants.

In July 2012, about 1,200 youth volunteers helped bake their way to the Guinness World Record for the largest cupcake mosaic.

The 16m by 8m giant mosaic, made from 20,000 cupcakes, featured a green Merlion backdrop, over which a pair of hands enclosed the Singapore flag in a heart shape.

This weekend, a group of residents from Bishan North plans to enter the Singapore Book of Records by forming the largest SG50 logo.

The SG50 logo will be formed using special red and white umbrellas and 3,000 residents are expected to take part. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will witness the attempt on Jan 31.

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