To welcome the birth of a baby girl, 111 trees are planted in the village of Piplantri, Rajasthan. This celebration was first started by former village leader Shyam Sundar Paliwal to honor his daughter who passed away when she was young.
Encouraging the empowerment of women and environmental conservation, the custom challenges the historical attitudes that a daughter is lesser than their male counterparts.
Along with the parents, the village members come together to raise a “trust” and the money is set aside as a 20-year fund for the girl. Ensuring that she will never be considered a financial burden for her parents.