The supersized garland also ensures Furman a new entry in the Guinness Book of Records. The previous record of a 3.1 mile garland was set by a team in India, four month after Ashrita had broken the record with a 2 mile garland in 2011.
Furman, a 59-year-old health food store manager from Queens, New York currently holds 206 Guinness world records, including the official record for "the most records held at the same time by an individual". Furman worked for three months with flower farms in South America and gathered a team from all over the world to plan the assembly of the garland, the release said. Furman and his team worked from 7 am until 2 pm to create the longest garland of the world. New York City Councilman Jimmy Gennaro completed the world's longest flower garland by attaching the last flower assembly. "We hope this will inspire others to feel peace in their hearts. After the record we will give the flowers to people in the neighborhood," said Furman.