109th Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tion in Thim­phu

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Thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered at Changlingmithang sta­dium yes­ter­day to cel­e­brate the 109th Na­tional Day.

The Min­istry of Home and Cul­tural Af­fairs, Ly­onpo Dawa Gyalt­shen graced the cel­e­bra­tion as the chief guest.

Dur­ing the pro­ces­sion, a statue of the first Druk Gyalpo Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck was car­ried to honor the in­de­pen­dence of the nation.

The day was ob­served by per­form­ing dances, mask dance and sports by Royal Aca­demic of Per­formiong Arts (RAPA), stu­dents and peo­ple from Drayangs.

Bhutan’s most sig­nif­i­cant na­tional day was cel­e­brated through­out the coun­try.

How­ever, the main event, 109th na­tional day was held at Trongsa. His Majesty the king, Queen, the fourth Druk Gyalpo, Royal fam­i­lies and Min­istries graced their pres­ence in the cel­e­bra­tion.

It was also the day where the of­fi­cials from dif­fer­ent agen­cies, min­istries, in­sti­tu­tions, or­ga­ni­za­tions and pri­vate groups got awards for var­i­ous ap­pre­ci­a­tions.

Pema Tsho­jay, 53 from Paro said that the day re­minded him the pic­ture back of olden days.

He said, “Na­tional Day is con­sid­ered as the most sig­nif­i­cant day than any other.” I wish to have same hap­pi­ness even af­ter thou­sands of year. He added.

Sonam Youden, stu­dent of Motithang higher sec­ondary said that she paid trib­ute to mon­archs in her own way which in­cludes her prayers for their long lives.

The phase of the Bhutanese his­tory is the era of the Desi from 1651 to 1907.

In the coun­try, the monk body and the coun­cil of min­is­ters re­al­ized that the Desi sys­tem had failed to keep the unity of the coun­try.

The peo­ple and cen­tral au­thor­ity knew that the coun­try could be safe and pros­per­ous only un­der the rule of a king.

There­fore, on De­cem­ber 17, 1907, the monk rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the peo­ple unan­i­mously elected Sir Ugyen Wangchuck as the first hered­i­tary king of Bhutan.

Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck was a per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of brav­ery, diplo­macy, com­pas­sion, peace and wis­dom.

The first Druk Gyalpo Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuchk founded the house of Wangchuck that has ruled Bhutan.

Once an iso­lated coun­try, the king­dom of Bhutan is on its path­way to­wards the de­cen­tral­iza­tion, de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment

Presently Bhutan’s econ­omy is based on forestry, agri­cul­ture, tourism and the sales of hy­dro­elec­tric power that had been im­prov­ing since the es­tab­lish­ment of the for­eign re­la­tions by the first Druk Gyalpo.

The day was cel­e­brated to honor the first king and his con­tri­bu­tion to the nation.

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