6 Eastern Dzongkhags prepare to celebrate The Gyalsey’s birth anniversary

The heart of Bhutan is beating in Gyelposhing, Mongar, where people of the six eastern districts have gathered to prepare and celebrate the first birth anniversary of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyal Wangchuck, on 5th February.

“Commemorating the birth anniversary of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey has given the six eastern dzongkhags the privilege to work together,” said Mongar dzongda Ugyen Sonam. “We celebrate the auspicious occasion not as a nation but as a family. We are celebrating the future of our nation.”

To commemorate the historic occasion a series of programmes have been planned according to the secretary to the Gyeltshab from the Office of Gyeltshab, Jamyang Lophyal.

These include an exhibition of traditional art by the artisans of six eastern dzongkhags, the Mewang Gyalsey Archery tournament in 11 dzongkhags and the health camp led by Doctor Lotay Tshering from Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital, Thimphu.

Leisure activities include boating in Kurichhu, guided tour of the Kurichhu plant, movie screenings by the Motion picture Association of Bhutan, live musical concerts and a food exhibition.

Doctor Thinley who is coordinating the health camp said the medical camp is one of the most important programs. The medical camp is initiated by His Majesty’s Kidu Mobile Medical Unit and organised by the Office of the Gyeltshab, Gyelpoishing.

The health camp will also conduct screening for non-communicable diseases and blood donation. The team constitutes 22 members of which four are doctors. “We will offer gynecological services, general surgery, urology, ultrasonography, GI endoscopy, dental, eye and all required medicines,” said doctor Thinley.

The Mewang Gyalsey Archery tournament began on 12 January in 11 dzongkhags and is organised by the office of Gyeltshab in Gyelposhing, Mongar. A total of 140 teams from 20 szongkhags are taking part.

“With the birth of Gyalsey, we all have now become mothers, fathers and grandparents,” said Sonam Wangdi from Mongar. “We celebrate together as a family, we celebrate the future of the nation.”

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