Royal Birth- The Na­tion Cel­e­brates

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6 Fe­bru­ary 2016 : We have the priv­i­lege of as­sur­ing the peo­ple of Bhutan and all other well wish­ers that Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen and His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey are in per­fect health, un­der the de­voted care of a pro­fes­sional med­i­cal team.

To­day, His Majesty The King of­fered prayers at the Tashich­hod­zong, Dechen­phu Lhakhang, Pan­grizampa Lhakhang, and the Ge­sar Lhakang.

Hun­dreds of well­wish­ers gath­ered at th­ese nyes (sa­cred sites) and other Dzongs and Lhakhangs across the coun­try to of­fer prayers of grat­i­tude on the joy­ous oc­ca­sion of the Royal Birth. Peo­ple of­fered Karmi Kom (but­ter lamps), hoisted Prayer Flags at all sa­cred sites. The Bhutanese di­as­pora over­seas has also been of­fer­ing prayers and cel­e­brat­ing the aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion.

Ex­cited well-wish­ers are shar­ing nu­mer­ous aus­pi­cious signs (tak­t­shen), sym­bols, and im­ages on the so­cial me­dia.

Shar­ing the joy of the Bhutanese peo­ple, His Ho­li­ness the Je Khenpo ex­plained the ex­tra­or­di­nary ten­drel un­der which His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey was born. His Ho­li­ness the Je Khenpo is pre­sid­ing over sa­cred cer­e­monies in Tashich­hod­zong, Thim­phu, and kurims (religious cer­e­monies) are be­ing con­ducted by the Zhung Drat­shang (Cen­tral Monk Body) and clergy in all the Dzongs and im­por­tant lhakhangs across the coun­try.

The Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced that Mon­day has been de­clared a hol­i­day to cel­e­brate the Royal Birth. The his­toric Druk­gyel Dzong in Paro will be re­stored to its for­mer glory to com­mem­o­rate the cel­e­bra­tions. The Sal­hang cer­e­mony for the dzong was con­ducted to­day.

Kutens (sa­cred ob­jects) are be­ing re­paired, re­stored and gilded in the Tashich­hod­zong and Pu­nakha Dzong, to mark the birth of the Gyalsey.

A sapling of the Bodhi tree un­der which the Bud­dha at­tained en­light­en­ment was planted at Tak­ila in Lhuentshe.

Be­sides this, 108 trees of sa­cred sig­nif­i­cance were planted in Thim­phu, Pu­nakha, Tsir­ang, Da­gana, and Sarpang to mark the Royal Birth. Th­ese in­cluded Oak, Cy­press, Rosary Tree, Bodhi tree, and white San­dal­wood.

Sachu Bumter (blessed ves­sels) were in­stalled by the Jigten Wangchuk Tshogpa at the sources of five wa­ter bod­ies in Pu­nakha, to bless the wa­ters that course through the coun­try.

Two chort­ens will be built in Thrum­sen­gla and Pelela to mark the oc­ca­sion. The sal­hang ten­drel for th­ese chort­ens were con­ducted to­day.

Priests from the Hindu com­mu­nity in the South­ern dzongkhags are of­fer­ing prayers and havaan (fire of­fer­ings) at the Samtse Mandir. The cer­e­mony in­cludes recita­tions of the Veda, Va­gawat Pu­ran, Shiva Pu­ran, Devi Va­gawat, Ru­dri and Chandi.

The Samtse Shivalaya Mandir, which was built upon the Royal Com­mand of His Majesty The King as a gift to the Hindu Com­mu­nity in Bhutan to mark the Royal Wed­ding, was con­se­crated to­day co­in­cid­ing with the Royal Birth.

Mean­while, Their Majesties granted soelra to all chil­dren born in the coun­try on the aus­pi­cious day of the Royal Birth.

His Majesty com­manded that the govern­ment should not spend valu­able re­sources on grand cel­e­bra­tions but should com­mem­o­rate the Royal Birth with ini­tia­tives that will have long-term ben­e­fits for the coun­try and peo­ple. Their Majesties ex­pressed their wish that the most im­por­tant fo­cus should be the ten­drel of the Royal Birth.

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