To celebrate the royal baby of king Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and queen Jetsun Pema, Bhutan have planted 108,000 saplings around the country. The trees vary in terms of altitude they were planted in. The king and queen are extremely popular in the country so every citizen is caring fro the plants as if they are taking care of the royal baby. One of the people entrusted with caring for the plants Dasho Karma Raydi said, “We are now nurturing the plants as if we are nurturing the little prince. We are committed to take care of the plants because so much emotion is attached to this unique way of celebrating the new arrival.”
Many people are driving miles to water their plants. Bhutan is mainly a Buddhist country and in Buddhism, trees are symbols of health, beauty, longevity and compassion. In Buddhism 108 is a sacred number as it signifies the number of defilements one must overcome to achieve true enlightenment. The Bhutanese constitution favors preservation of forest and mandates 60% of the country to be always covered in forestation.