Tree Trib­ute

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

wel­comed its new­born prince by plant­ing some 108,000 trees across the coun­try. All 82,000 house­holds in the coun­try planted a tree when King Jigme Kh­e­sar and Queen Jet­sun Pema an­nounced the birth of their first child. The re­main­ing 26,000 were planted by over 100,000 vol­un­teers in 14 districts. In Bud­dhism, ‘108’ is a sa­cred num­ber, which refers to the cleans­ing of 108 de­file­ments of hu­man be­ings. In 2015, Bhutan set a Guin­ness World Record by plant­ing 49,672 trees in one hour.

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