There were celebrations across the country
To celebrate the 39th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo, about 9000 people gathered at Changlingmithang in the capital on February 21 out of respect and gratitude for His Majesty’s selfless service to the nation.
The day started with flag hoisting and National Anthem followed by Marchang ceremony, march past by the students under Thimphu Thromde and cultural and entertainment programs thereafter.
The programs for the birth anniversary of His Majesty the King were coordinated by Deputy Chief Thromde Education Officer, Namgay Dorji with financial assistance from the Ministry of Home and Culture Affairs (MoHCA).
About 1188 scout students from 33 schools across Thimphu participated in march past and the cultural and entertainment programs were performed by students from Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA) and Royal Bhutan Army (RBA).
The Chairman of National Council of Bhutan, Tashi Dorji who was the chief guest at the program, in his speech, said, “This day is important to every Bhutanese because it is a rare opportunity for all the Bhutanese to come together to offer our gratitude and prayers for His Majesty the King for the contributions.”
“During the coronation, His Majesty said, ‘during my reign, I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you everything and keep nothing. I shall live such a life as a good human being that you may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children’ and true to His words, His Majesty has always served the people with utmost kindness, justice, and equality without any personal goals other than to fulfill our hopes and aspirations,” said the NC Chair.
He also said, “As our monarchs have served us with kindness, justice, and equality, Bhutanese people should in return serve the country and the king with utmost respect without involving in corruption or working for one’s benefit.
For example, whether you are politicians, civil servants, a business entrepreneur or a farmer, one should always work to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of others and one should not have any personal goals.”
This speech was followed by cultural programs and other entertainment.
The program concluded with a Tashi Lebey.
Similarly, there were celebrations across 20 Dzongkhags with many cultural programs and both children and adults participating.
Bhutanese staying abroad also took part in the celebrations including with film and music personalities sent from Bhutan for the occasion.