Bhutan is known as the world’s most eco-friendly and carbon-negative country. As such, it comes as no surprise how the birth of the new prince is celebrated in Bhutan. By planting lots of trees of course!
Approximately 108,000 saplings have been planted in the small mountain Kingdom in order to commemorate the first Royal Child of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty Queen Jetsun Pema.
According to the Bhutanese constitution at least 60 % of land remains forested at all times, however this green celebration was not just inspired by the country’s commitment to ecological preservation.
Tenzin Lekphell, the coordinator of the initiative, said that “In Buddhism, a tree is the provider and nourisher of all life forms. It symbolizes longevity, health, beauty and even compassion.”
It should be noted that this is not the first time that Bhutan has made headlines for the epic tree-planting sessions it organizes. In 2015, the country planted almost 50,000 trees in just one hour and thus set a Guinness World Record. Bhutan might be small in size, but it is definitely big when it comes to awesomeness!