HM Cel­e­brates Chunyipai Losar in Aut­sho

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21st Jan­uary 2015, Aut­sho: His Majesty The King cel­e­brated Chunyipai Losar with the peo­ple of Lhuntshe in Aut­sho. Thou­sands of peo­ple ar­rived at the Aut­sho School grounds in their fes­tive best, from all across Lhuntshe, and many even trav­elled from as far as Mon­gar, for the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate day with their King.

His Majesty spent the day among the peo­ple, and granted a grand pub­lic tokha.

The day was cel­e­brated with tra­di­tional songs and dances. Of­fi­cials serv­ing His Majesty The King en­ter­tained the peo­ple, and a lot­tery draw that gave away items es­sen­tial to farm­ers, was im­mensely popular.

“I have re­ceived sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to cel­e­brate such oc­ca­sions and re­ceive Au­di­ence with His Majesty,” said 78-yearold Jam­bay Dorji, who lives in Mon­gar with his wife and daugh­ter. Jam­bay and his wife had trav­elled to Gyalpozhing to cel­e­brate Chunyipai Losar with His Majesty The King last year as well.

“We are for­tu­nate to re­ceive such op­por­tu­ni­ties many times over in our lifetime, as His Majesty is al­ways among His peo­ple,” Jam­bay said.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple from Lhuntshe lined up along the high­way yes­ter­day to of­fer Tshogchang and wel­come His Majesty The King. His Majesty vis­ited Dungkar, and of­fered nyend­har and prayers at the Dungkar Choje Nagt­shang.

His Majesty also granted an Au­di­ence to the peo­ple of Dungkar and neigh­bour­ing vil­lages.

His Majesty vis­ited the Sec­ond Win­ter Youth En­rich­ment Pro­gramme in Gyalpozhing on the 19th, where girls from across the six east­ern dzongkhags are par­tic­i­pat­ing in a win­ter camp.

His Majesty granted an Au­di­ence to the girls, and graced an ex­hi­bi­tion and a cul­tural pro­gramme put to­gether by the par­tic­i­pants.

Most of the par­tic­i­pants would oth­er­wise find em­ploy­ment at orange col­lec­tion de­pots, or road con­struc­tion, which ren­ders them vul­ner­a­ble, even though it means help­ing sup­ple­ment their fam­ily in­come.

Dur­ing the camp, the girls at­tended lessons in English, dance, IT, soap and can­dle mak­ing, knit­ting, and art. They also re­ceived coun­selling, ca­reer guid­ance, scout­ing and life skills train­ing, and guest lec­tures on democ­racy, spir­i­tu­al­ity, drugs, en­vi­ron­ment, hy­giene, re­pro­duc­tive health and re­lated top­ics.

The girls re­ceived health check ups at the camps, and more than 90 who re­quire glasses will re­ceive them, fa­cil­i­tated by the Of­fice of the Gyalpoi Zim­pon.

His Majesty granted the girls a copy of a spe­cial edi­tion of the story of Lord Bud­dha, as well as soelra equiv­a­lent to the amount they would have earned if they had spent the month work­ing on daily wages.

The Win­ter Youth En­gage­ment Pro­gramme was or­ga­nized upon the Com­mand of His Majesty The King, to give girls from the east­ern dzongkhags an op­por­tu­nity to spend their win­ter hol­i­days mean­ing­fully, and help them gain var­i­ous skills, self-con­fi­dence and a boost in their aca­demics.

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