Bhutan plants lakhs of tree to welcome new born prince

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Thimpu, Mar 15: In a nobel idea to welcome new born prince, Bhutan planted lakhs of trees have been planted across the nation.

Bhutan welcome the birth of a son to King Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema by planting the trees as it is considered sacred in Buddhism.

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The plantation drive was carried on March 6, about a month after King Khesar and Queen announced the birth of their first child on February 5.

"In Buddhism, a tree is the provider and nourisher of all life forms, symbolizing longevity, health, beauty and even compassion," said Tenzin Lekphell, who coordinated the initiative, reported the Diplomat.

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It wasn't a coincidence that the Buddha attained enlightenment under a banyan tree, he added.

A team of 100 volunteers in Bhutan created a Guinness record by planting 49,672 trees in just one hour in mountainous terrain.

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