Hundreds of workers toiled endlessly to create what is now the world's tallest Christmas tree in the world.
The world's tallest Christmas tree
The world's tallest Christmas tree has been unveiled in Sri Lanka just in time for Christmas after four months of hard work by hundreds of helpers, Dailymail reveals. 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, organizers said.
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 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.
Work was suspended for six days in early December after Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith — representing the island nation's 1.5 million Catholics — lambasted the project.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe responded to the criticism by saying the tree was not being built with public money, but with donations from individuals and private firms.
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.
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