2nd June 2015 is a National Holiday to commemorate the Official Crowning of the Fourth King of Bhutan, His Majesty Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1974. This day is also celebrated as Social Forestry Day where school children plant trees in and around their schools.
This year 2nd June also happens to be the fifteenth day of the fourth in the Lunar Calendar which is a very holy day of Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana when Buddha passed away in Kushinagar, India, for Nirvana Life.
On this occasion of Social Forestry Day coinciding with the Coronation Day of our Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Department of Forests and Park Services under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests will also be establishing 60 acres plantation above Samarzingkha to commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of our Beloved Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
All the officials working in different agencies under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests are urged to celebrate the day by planting trees and attend the ceremony without fail. All are requested to bring along their own planting tools.
To commemorate His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on the occasion of the 60th Birth Anniversary Bhutan will also be attempting to break the tree planting Guinness World Record on 2nd June 2015.
The record attempt which will be held on 2nd June 2015 will involve planting at least 40,886 trees by 100 men under one hour.
If the 100 men can do it then not only will they break a world record but each participant will get a Guinness certificate marking him as a world record breaker in a team event. The event is being held by the Peoples Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary (PICSA).
For Bhutan to break the record, each participant, over a period of an hour, will have to plant an average of seven plants a minute. Ordinary Bhutanese citizens will be given this opportunity to set the record. The location of the record setting attempt will be on a 50 acre bare and gentle slope in Kuensel Phodrang just below the Buddha statue facing Lungtenphu and Babesa.
Eight local species of trees like Walnut, Tshenden, Oak, Betula, Dog wood, Blue pine, Melia and Chirpine will be planted.
The focus will not just be quantity but also quality as the trees will be planted in such a way that they survive and do well.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests will be providing 50,000 tree saplings for the final event.
The event will not end just at a Guinness record but the 100 volunteers will also become members of ‘Bhutan Eco-Green Initiative Network’ (BEGIN) and take care of the planted saplings by watering them and fencing them. BEGIN will also encourage youth across the country to plant trees and aims to have around 100,000 youth members by 2020.
A Guinness judge from London, England is already here and has asked PICSA to come up with 12 local independent adjudicators to help him with judging the event.
PICSA was established under the aegis of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to supplement and complement the government’s initiatives for the occasion.
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