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MEXICO CITY - Nearly 40,000 people gathered in Mexico City on Valentine's Day to pucker up for a historic event called "Kiss Me A Lot", setting a Guinness record for the world's largest group kiss. Mexico's kissing record set on February 14th, 2009 was witnessed by Carlos Martinez of Guinness World Records who verified the 39,897 people who participated inside the gated kissing area set up in the city's Zocalo main square.
"We did it! Long live Mexico," said Mexican singer-actress Susana Zavaleta, who serenaded the crowd before the kiss with the classic Mexican ballad, "Besame Mucho," which translated means, "Kiss Me a Lot". Source: AP
The idea of a mass kiss is to have the entire crowd lock lips simultaneously in a group kiss for at least 10 seconds. The previous kissing record was held by an English town, Weston-super-Mare which was set back in 2007. by Ray Basile
"Benito Zavala, 53, who works in a store nearby, said he didn't have
time to go home to get his wife. So he planned to help set the record
with his 2-year-old Chihuahua, Onix, who was licking his lips."
The kissing event was designed to express love in a time when Mexico is cracking down on drug traffickers that has led to widespread violence across the country. At least 6,000 people have died in drug-related conflicts in 2008.
"More than 35,000 will simultaneously kiss to show that warmth and love are at the core of this capital, the heart of the Mexican Republic," the city's tourism department, which organized the gathering, said in a statement. Source: AP
There's no better way to change people's attitude towards each other than expressing the power of love with a single kiss. Terri and I have dedicated ourselves to that very belief for past two years with BestKisses.com. If it takes 40,000 people coming together at once to send the message that only love is the true answer to a troubled nation, then bring it on. by Ray Basile
Source: The Associated Press
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