His Majesty meets the peo­ple of Sak­teng

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sangey Ten­zin

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen spent three days in Sak­teng, ar­riv­ing from Merak on the evening of the 27th.

Their Majesties trekked from Merak to Sak­teng over the an­cient route con­nect­ing the two fa­mous vil­lages, over the dreaded Nyakchungla pass, 4,200 me­ters above sea level.

Hav­ing also spent three days in Merak, Their Majesties were seen off by the peo­ple who lined up along the trail lead­ing away from their vil­lage. As Their Majesties be­gan the stren­u­ous up­hill walk to the pass, the vil­lagers sang soul­ful alo, the song of farewell to loved ones.

Their Majesties were re­ceived with tremen­dous joy in Sak­teng, with song and dance, de­spite the tor­ren­tial rain.

Yes­ter­day, His Majesty met the peo­ple of Sak­teng at the cer­e­mo­nial ground, and spent the en­tire day among them.

Ad­dress­ing the peo­ple, His Majesty shared con­cerns about the younger gen­er­a­tion leave vil­lages like Merak and Sak­teng, which could lead to the pos­si­bil­ity of the very valu­able and unique cul­tural her­itage dis­ap­pear­ing. The so­lu­tion to this would be to im­prove the lives of the peo­ple in th­ese vil­lages and to en­sure that con­tin­u­ing to live here would still be an at­trac­tive prospect, His Majesty said.

His Majesty asked the peo­ple to share their con­cerns, and said that their big­gest Kidu, re­lat­ing to khimsa and tsam­dro would be given pri­or­ity.

His Majesty also re­minded the peo­ple that they have the re­spon­si­bil­ity of not only pro­tect­ing their rich her­itage, but also the sovereignty and se­cu­rity of the coun­try.

His Majesty granted tokha and lucky draw soel­ras.

Stu­dents and the public pre­sented a cul­tural pro­gramme for Their Majesties, which in­cluded the fa­mous Yak Cham and Ache Lhamo Cham.

Their Majesties vis­ited the Yulju Lhakhang and of­fered prayers. The peo­ple of Sak­teng of­fered Ku Sung Thugten Men­drel

to Their Majesties at the Lhakhang. Their Majesties then vis­ited homes in Bo­rangtse vil­lage of Sak­teng.

The peo­ple en­joyed movies screened at the gewog hall in the evening.

The peo­ple gath­ered once again at the cer­e­mo­nial ground to of­fer buelwa in hon­our of Their Majesties’ visit to Sak­teng.

His Majesty thanked the peo­ple for their of­fer­ing, and re­turned the an­i­mals to the com­mu­nity. The peo­ple en­joyed the beau­ti­ful day with song and dance, to­gether with their King and Queen.

His Majesty vis­ited Sak­teng Lower Sec­ondary School, and granted Au­di­ences to the stu­dents and teach­ers.

Their Majesties vis­ited lhakhangs, and the homes of the peo­ple of Sak­teng in the evening.

Their Majesties are ac­com­pa­nied by His Royal High­ness Gyalt­shab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

His Majesty’s Kidu Mo­bile Med­i­cal Unit treated 478 peo­ple in Merak and 571 peo­ple in Sak­teng. The Unit set up camps in both vil­lages, and of­fered var­i­ous check-ups and per­formed surg­eries.

Royal Visit: His Majesty with the stu­dents of Sak­teng Lower Sec­ondary School

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