With greetings in their heart for longevity of His Majesty the King, thousands of Bhutanese, old and young, gathered on the gracious occasion of 34th Birth Anniversary of the Druk Gyalpo in the Changlimethang Stadium yesterday.
Gracing the celebrations, Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay offered his heartfelt wishes and spoke on the great achievements of the King. The Prime Minister thanked His Majesty the King for strengthening the sovereignty, peace and security of country.
Lyonchhen said that the Monarchs have always worked for well-being of people and instituted democracy with a strong foundation. He said His Majesty has strengthened and promoted good governance. The King has secured ties with foreign countries and has further strengthened the good relations with India
Lyonchhen added that His Majesty maintains close relations with the monastic body, military groups, civil servants, business community, and school going children, and farmers.
He added that His Majesty goes to the remotest parts of the country on foot and personally grants Kidu to needy and vulnerable people. Lyonchhen added that on this occasion the all Bhutanese citizen must remember and be thankful to His Majesty.
In return for all the hard work and dedication that the King makes for us, the Prime Minister said, we must work to build a self-sufficient nation. Lyonchhen said a way to gain self-reliance would be to enhance the agriculture and farm produce.
Lyonchhen also shared His Majesty’s has granted numerous land kidu. Also, census kidu was granted to about eight thousand citizens.
The day is also observed as the National Education Day. In steps to motivate the students, His Majesty has awarded certificates of excellence in academics to toppers in schools and colleges.
Lyonchhen also highlighted about the issue of rupee crisis and youth indulging in substances abuse which will be dealt with tough laws.
One of the participants from Chang Rigphel lower Secondary School, 11-year old, Jamyang Lhamtsho, said that the event was very interesting and strongman competition was fun to watch. She wished for the long live of His Majesty.
Another spectator at the celebrations, a monk from Bumthang, Jamyang Tenzin, 27, prayed for His Majesty’s good health.
The event was observed with series of events with various cultural programmes from various schools of Thimphu and the strongman (Nyagoe) competition conducted by the Bhutan Broadcasting Service.
The occasion was attended by Ministers, Members of Parliament, government officials, Royal Bhutan Police, Royal Bodyguards, Royal Bhutan Army, students of Thimphu, monk body, businessman, and others spectators.
The day also observed the launch of an electric vehicle, Nissan LEAFs from the Nissan, in keeping with the national electric vehicles strategy.