109th National Day celebration in Thimphu
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.