‘Buon Natale’ enters Guinness World Records

December 28, 2014 10:04 am | Updated 10:04 am IST - THRISSUR

Thrissur Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath addressing the gathering.

Thrissur Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath addressing the gathering.

‘Buon Natale’, a Christmas procession taken out here on Saturday by the Thrissur Archdiocese of the Syro-Malabar Church, entered the Guinness World Records for having the largest number of people dressed up as Santa Claus (Father Christmas).

18,112 people With 18,112 people donning the red-and-white costumes, the procession was declared at 4.35 p.m. “the largest gathering of Santa Claus” by authorities of the Guinness World Records.

Pontifical Lateran University Major Rector Archbishop Enrico dal Covolo witnessed the procession.

Elaborate arrangements Elaborate arrangements were made for counting the participants.

M.P. Vincent, MLA, Thrissur Mayor Rajan Pallan, District Collector M.S. Jaya, Thrissur Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath, Auxiliary Bishop Raphael Thattil, KPCC general secretary Padmaja Venugopal, and Cochin Devaswom Board president M.P. Bhaskaran Nair were present.

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