Sri Lanka

In this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 photo, Haloluwage Don Nanayakkara, left, carries a steel rod with another worker as they try to build an enormous, artificial Christmas tree on a popular beachside promenade in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The idea for the tree came from this Buddhist driver at Colombo’s port who makes decorations in his spare time. Hundreds of Sri Lanka’s port workers and volunteers are struggling to put up the towering Christmas tree in time for the holidays. The majority-Buddhist nation is aiming to beat the world record for the tallest, artificial Christmas tree as a show of multicultural respect. But twice the construction deadline was missed, and now organizers hope to erect the tree on Christmas Eve. The Catholic Church has criticized the $80,000 price tag as a waste of money that is better spent helping the poor. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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