7/14/2012 1:12 AM
Yakutsk has the coldest winters of any inhabited city in the world. It can be 67°F in July and then -37° in January. Brrr!
So of course those living in the Siberian city throw a huge celebration for the beginning of summer, which is called Ysyakh. This year, they decided to throw a Guinness World Record attempt in the festivities as well.
The festival grounds were covered with traditional Yacutian settlements and hoards of people in traditional dress. After the opening ceremony, the world record attempt for the Largest Ohuokhai Dance began. While they only needed 250 participants to achieve their goal, a whopping 15,293 dancers made it happen.
They formed 36 concentric circles around a ceremonial pole in the center while a lead singer improvised phrases of lyrics on the theme of the summer solstice. The participants repeated them in unison while moving around in their circles holding hands and linking arms.
They only had to move and groove for five minutes but they sealed the deal with a solid 15 minute dance!