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These adorable Nepalese children literally hugged trees to set a record
Thursday, June 5th, 2014

More than two thousand people including lawmakers and students hugged trees in a park outside Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Thursday to claim a new record on World Environment Day.

After organizers sounded a horn, eager students, many wearing their school uniforms, clasped tree trunks and held tight for two minutes as Nepalese musicians beat traditional drums.

Organizers will now submit their claim for a new record to Guinness World Records, which is expected to rule on it within two months.

The current world record for the world's largest tree-hugging event was set in July 2013, when 936 people gathered in the US state of Oregon.

— Agence France-Presse

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Nepalese school children hug trees in a bid to set a new world record for the largest tree hug as they celebrate World Environment Day in the forest of Gokarna village, on the outskirts of Kathmandu on June 5, 2014.

(PRAKASH MATHEMA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Two thousand and one Nepalese students hugged trees in a park north-east of Kathmandu in a bid to set a new world record for the largest tree hug.

(PRAKASH MATHEMA - AFP/Getty Images)
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The previous record for the largest tree hug was set in July 2013 in the United States when 936 people hugged trees.

(PRAKASH MATHEMA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Nepalese school children hold placards on their arrival to participate in a tree-hugging event as they celebrate World Environment Day in the forest of Gokarna village, on the outskirts of Kathmandu on June 5, 2014.

(PRAKASH MATHEMA - AFP/Getty Images)
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After organizers sounded a horn, eager students, many wearing their school uniforms, clasped tree trunks and held tight for two minutes as Nepalese musicians beat traditional drums.

(PRAKASH MATHEMA - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Nepalese school child hugs a tree in a bid to set a new world record for the largest tree hug as they celebrate World Environment Day in the forest of Gokarna village, on the outskirts of Kathmandu on June 5, 2014.

(PRAKASH MATHEMA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Nepalese school children hold placards on their arrival to participate in a tree-hugging event as they celebrate World Environment Day in the forest of Gokarna village, on the outskirts of Kathmandu on June 5, 2014.

(PRAKASH MATHEMA - AFP/Getty Images)
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It's a lovely thing when shared traditions unite so many different people.
Organizers will now submit their claim for a new record to Guinness World Records, which is expected to rule on it within two months.
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