Bhutan Citizens Planted Over 1 Lakh Trees To Celebrate The Birth Of The Newborn Prince

Planting trees and saving the environment are the need of the hour. What could be a better way to celebrate an occasion other than planting trees?

Bhutan took the environmental-friendly plunge by planting 1,08,000 trees to celebrate the birth of Bhutan’s prince; King Khesar’s and Queen Pema’s first child.

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On February 5, 2016, King Khesar and Queen Pema announced the birth of their first child and that triggered the initiative of planting trees. The tiny country planted 1,08,000 saplings; each sealed with a prayer for the newborn prince.

Symbolising longevity, health, beauty, compassion, trees are considered sacred in the Buddhist culture.


Exactly 1,08,000 trees were planted because 108 is considered a holy number in Buddhism.

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Tenzin Lepkhell was one of the coordinators and he said, “108 is a holy number in Buddhism which denotes the cleansing of 108 degradations that delay souls from attaining enlightenment.”

Each of the 82,000 households planted a tree and the remaining 26,000 trees were planted by coordinators.


Bhutan’s Constitution states that 60% of the land should be under forest cover.

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Following that, the country is preserving 60 % of its land for forests. Last year too, the country set a world record by planting 49,672 trees in an hour.

That’s really awesome, Bhutan. What could be a better way to share the happiness other than such a holy and eco-friendly way!

I wish India follows the same path. 🙂

News Source: Zee News

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