1,08,000 Trees Planted in Honour of Bhutan’s Newborn Prince

In a momentous gesture by the citizens of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 1,08,000 trees were planted on March 6, a month after King Khesar and Queen Jetsun of Bhutan announced the birth of their first child. The reason why precisely 1,08,000 trees were planted is that in Buddhism, “108” is considered a sacred number. Out of the 1,08,000 trees, 82,000 were planted by the households within the country, whereas the remaining 26,000 were planted by volunteers in special plantations in 14 districts. Among the 1,00,000 volunteers were Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, three of his ministers, and the leader of Opposition.

The constitution of the democratic monarchy of Bhutan holds a special policy called “Gross National Happiness," which explicitly states that 60% of the country’s total area shall always be kept under forest cover.

Following this celebration, the Ministry of Tourism of Bhutan established a “Happiness Garden” in Thimphu, the national capital, which is a 48,400-square-yard garden that invites foreign tourists to plant “happiness trees” with the objective of having trees representing every country in the world.

Let’s take note, other nations in the world. 

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