Thousands in Nepal hug trees in world record bid

Associated Press
A Nepalese student hugs a tree during a mass tree hugging on the World Environment Day on the outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, June 5, 2014. More than 2,000 people gathered in Nepal's capital on Thursday in a bid to set a world record for the largest tree hug. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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More than 2,000 people, mostly students wearing their school uniforms, gathered in Nepal's capital on Thursday in a bid to set a world record for the largest tree hug.

Parliament members, office workers and even Buddhist monks also took part in the attempt, joining the students at a park on the outskirts of Katmandu. The participants said they were trying to set the record to celebrate World Environment Day by spreading awareness about the importance of trees. (AP)

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