Celebrations across the country as His Majesty turns 36 on Sunday

His Majesty the King is turning 36 from 21st February 2016 and to mark the day, celebrations will be carried out around the country.

The main celebration will be in the Changlimithang stadium on Sunday with a variety of cultural programs by various schools and other organizations within Thimphu Thromde.

There will also be celebrations at the Dzongkhag and local government level. Every school across the country will also be celebrating with various cultural programs.

Monday and Tuesday will also be national holidays to mark the birth anniversary.

Minister for Home and Culture Affairs Lyonpo Dawa Gyeltshen, said that the whole nation will be celebrating the birth anniversary of His Majesty The King.

Groups of people from the government including certain groups of citizens are expected to go to Lingkhana and wish His Majesty the King.

People will also be visiting Lhakhangs and offering butter lamps to mark the special occasion.

This year’s birthday will be all the more special given the birth of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey on 5th March 2016.

Many families across the country will be marking the occasion by spending time together to watch programs on the celebrations  on TV.

The more adventurous ones plan to get their friends together to play archery, khuru and other traditional games.

The celebrations will also mark a continuation of celebrations over the birth of HRH The Gyalsey.

For many Bhutanese this has been a ‘Happy February’ given the combination of HRH The Gyalsey’s auspicious birth, Losar and now His Majesty the King’s birthday.

Yangki, a house-wife said that, she is eager for the Sunday’s celebrations as she wants to be a part of the celebrations. She said that she was happy for His Majesty not only due to the birthday but also due to the birth of HRH The Gyalsey.

Civil servant Sonam Dema said that in a short time on the Throne His Majesty the King has achieved a lot for the benefit of the country and the people and so she would definitely be celebrating.

Corporate employee Pema Tenzin said that under His Majesty’s reign the whole nation has benefitted and he was especially glad to see that a lot of poor people in the rural areas have benefitted from His Majesty’s Land Kidu initiatives.

12 year old Yeshey Delma from Thimphu said a simple, “I love my King, Happy birthday to His Majesty the King.”

Taxi driver Sonam Tshering said he planned to celebrate a double losar with good food and drinks with his family members.

As a part of the celebrations, a live performance of the top five Nyagoes will see them battling for the title “Druk Gi Nyagoe, 2016”.

In addition, to mark the auspicious occasion, there will be instant lucky draws for the audience and Bhutan Postal Corporation Ltd. (BPCL) will provide free city bus services. Each audience will be provided with the lucky draw coupons at the entrance of the stadium.

The free bus service in Thimphu will start from 7 am in the morning.

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