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Check Out India’s Tallest Christmas Tree At This Place In Worli, Mumbai

December 24, 2018

It’s that season of the year again. It’s time to bring out the Christmas trees and deck them up with shiny trinkets. A family in Mumbai has been taking Christmas decoration to a whole new level since the last few years. Reportedly, they deck up a 65-feet tall Christmas tree in their backyard located in Worli! If reports are believed to be true, the said Christmas tree is the tallest tree in the whole country.

Festive Grandeur At It’s Best

We can only imagine how long it must take to decorate the entire tree. Talking about decoration, here’s an interesting fact about Christmas trees. Protestant Christian reformer Martin Luther is said to be the first person to have first added lighted candles to an evergreen tree. The first recorded Christmas tree can be found on the keystone sculpture of a private home in Turckheim, Alsace (Germany) dating back to as long as 1576.

Enough history lessons for now. Here are some interesting facts about the tallest Christmas tree of Mumbai:

It is as tall as a seven-storey building!

The Christmas tree, homegrown by the residents of Mumbai, reportedly stretches as tall as a seven-storey building. The tree has been decorated for more than 3 years and is a source of pride for the residents.

Located in South Mumbai’s most celebrated area

If you’re keen on witnessing the marvelous work, you can visit the garden situated in the Adarsh Nagar society in South Mumbai’s Worli area. South Mumbai’s Worli is among the most posh areas of the city. It is located close to the popular Bandra-Worli sea link, which gives you a view of the longest stretch of the city.

The tree is decorated with over 10,000 lights

What adds to the glamour of the tree is the fact that it is decorated with over 10,000 lights, bells, images of reindeer and snowmen. To top it off, there’s also a waving Santa Claus placed on top of it. It’s a perfect addition to kick off the Christmas celebrations.

More about the artists behind the tallest Christmas tree of Mumbai

All credits of ensuring that the tree stands tall goes to the Saldanha family, who originally hail from Mangalore. They reportedly acquired the tree from a neighbour who grew it on his verandah for an apparent Rs 250 over four decades ago.

A report published by Press Trust of India quotes the 56-year-old landscape architect as saying, “My sister Twila and I re-planted it and watered it regularly.” The tree has been nurtured for over four decades now!

“For the past 12 years, we have been decorating it on every Christmas, from top to toe as you may call it,” he added.

The heart-wrenching story behind the celebratory tree

The publication further stated that Twila passed away in 2005, after battling cancer. Since then, her brother has taken it onto himself to ensure that Twila’s last wish is fulfilled. He further added that it was Twila’s last wish to keep decorating the tree. That way, she could see it from heaven.

As per the Saldanha family, the tree has officially entered the record books as “India’s tallest naturally grown fully decorated Christmas tree.” In fact, the family already braces themselves to see a steady stream of visitors, expected to come flocking to watch the tree and click selfies with it on their phones.

Image Credits: News X

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