Kavya’s India Part 4: The World’s Biggest Family
Kavya, a Year 6 Young Journalist based at Burgh School, has family roots in India and the highlight of her year is when she makes her annual visit to see her relatives based in New Delhi. She has decided to share her love of this vast country with YJA readers! (To read all her stories type in ‘Kavja’ in the YJA search box above.)
The World’s Biggest Family
The world’s biggest family live in a 100-room, four-story mansion set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram.
You may think this is unnecessary but this is all needed as the head of the family, 72-year-old Ziona Chana, has 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughter-in-laws and 33 grandchildren! (By comparison, Britain’s biggest family has ‘only’ 18 children.)
Ziona is not stressed by the size of his household – he says he is ‘blessed to have his family all together’.
Mr Chana told the Sun newspaper: “I feel like God’s special child and I’m proud of all of my family. God has given me lots of people to look after and I’m thankful for my gifts!”
The men of the family work as carpenters and this makes Ziona very proud. “We don’t want any help from the government,” he says.
Obviously, the family needs very spacious accommodation; the Chanas’ house is four stories high and has 100 rooms! (The wives and children sleep in giant communal dormitories.)
And if you wondered, one evening meal can see them pluck 30 chickens, peel 132lb of potatoes and boil up to 220lb of rice.
Apparently, all the wives get along very well (see picture of them returning from their daily shop) and there is hardly any infighting among them. One of the many wives said: “If a family system is laid on the founding stone of mutual and genuine love and respect for each and every member then the system is guaranteed to be a success.”
Altogether, there are 181 in this family members and they’re all very proud of the records they have broken!
Kavya, Year 6