Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Largest human Christmas tree record

Dressed in red, green and black hoodies, 852 Thai students gather together to break the Guinness World Record for forming the largest human Christmas tree (AP)

More than 800 schoolchildren in Thailand have broken the world record for the largest human Christmas tree.

Although Christmas is not a holiday in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, one of the country's largest shopping malls tapped into the festive spirit with a publicity stunt involving 852 schoolchildren dressed in green and red hoodies.

In a country where palm trees outnumber pines, they succeeded in surpassing the previous Guinness world record of 672 participants in Germany in 2011.

A representative from Guinness Records was on hand to certify the feat.

To the relief of parents, the event did not involve hoisting the children on to a human pyramid shaped like a conifer.

It was more an exercise in crowd control, grouping the assembled six to 15-year-olds into a tree-like formation on the ground.

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