Sri Lanka records largest artificial Christmas tree

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Colombo : Sri Lanka has entered the record books for building the tallest artificial Christmas tree Saturday despite it was prune by almost half.

Cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga initiated plans to build the record-breaking tree in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, but ran into opposition from the Catholic church which said the money would be better spent on charity.

The target was to construct 100 mt tree but by Saturday morning it was only 57 mts which was two mts taller the tree erected in the southern Chinese province of Guangzhou last year.

The Sri Lankan claim is subject to confirmation by the Guinness World Records.

Around 600,000 coloured LED bulbs would be used to decorate the tree, along with a six-metre (20-foot) Santa and a 12-metre (40-foot) sleigh.