Sri Lanka now host the world’s tallest Christmas tree after four months of hard work by hundreds of labourers.
According to Dailymail, the 73-meter (238-foot) artificial tree was raised in the country’s capital, Colombo, is 18 meters (59 feet) taller than the current record holder..
A Sri Lankan family takes photographs standing near an enormous artificial Christmas tree as others gather around it in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. Sri Lanka has unveiled a towering Christmas tree, claiming to have surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
The tree is made of steel-and-wire frame covered with a plastic net decorated with more than 1 million natural pine cones painted red, gold, green and silver, 600,000 LED bulbs and topped by a 6-meter (20-foot)-tall shining star.
The tree costs $80,000 (about 40 million Naira) and was criticized by the Catholic Church as a ‘waste of money.’ The church suggested that the funds better be spent on helping the poor.
Hundreds of port workers and volunteers struggled for four months to put up the tree in time for the holidays.
The Guinness World Records is yet to confirm if this is the tallest artificial Christmas tree.
Currently, the record is held by a Chinese firm that put up a 55-meter (180-foot) tree-like tower of lights and synthetic foliage, ornaments and lamps in the city of Guangzhou last year.