Update March 16, 2016

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Bhutan celebrates royal baby by planting 108,000 trees

Sumel Sarker

Bhutan Celebrates

Bhutan celebrates royal baby by planting 108,000 trees

16 March 2016, Nirapad News: Citizens in Bhutan are anxious to ensure the survival of groves of trees that have been planted across the Himalayan nation to honour the beloved king and queen’s new baby boy. Many people in the Buddhist country stop during daily walks or drives to water some of the 108,000 saplings placed on hillsides and in valleys.

In Buddhism, trees are considered divine for their role in providing and nourishing all life forms. “We are now nurturing the plants as if we are nurturing the little prince,” said Dasho Karma Raydi, who is among those helping to care for the new trees. “We are committed to take care of the plants because so much emotion is attached to this unique way of celebrating the new arrival.”

Raydi, who heads a government-run company, had driven his car to a small hill near a huge Buddha statue on the outskirts of the capital, Thimphu, to water a pine he had planted last week. He said he saw dozens of others doing the same. Prime Minister Tschering Tobgay joined tens of thousands of volunteers last week in planting the trees to honor the newest member of the royal family, who was born a month ago. King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema are wildly popular in the nation of 800,000.

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