The Na­tion cel­e­brates the First Birthday of His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey

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5 Fe­bru­ary 2017: Coin­cid­ing with His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey’s first birthday, His Majesty The King in­stalled the Ser­tog on the Druk­gyal Dzong’s Utse early this morn­ing. The re­con­struc­tion project for the Druk­gyal Dzong was an­nounced last year to com­mem­o­rate the Royal Birth.

HIs Majesty granted Tokha to the per­son­nel work­ing at the Dzong con­struc­tion site. Lunch was also granted to all the per­son­nel in­volved in the con­struc­tion and re­con­struc­tion works of dzongs, lhakhangs, and other re­li­gious struc­tures across the coun­try.

His Majesty The King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen, with His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey, of­fered pray­ers be­fore the Zhab­drung Ku at the Sim­tokha Dzong.

Dur­ing the prayer cer- emony held at the Dzong, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the govern­ment, cen­tral monk body, armed forces, and the peo­ple, of­fered Phuelcha to com­mem­o­rate the first Birth An­niver­sary of His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey.

The Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter made a sym­bolic of­fer­ing of tra­di­tional Soel­bam herd con­sist­ing of cat­tle, Bhutanese mas­tiffs and horses com­plete with tack, to His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey on be­half of the peo­ple.

As a spe­cial na­tional ini­tia­tive to com­mem­o­rate HRH Gyalsey’s first birthday, and for the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of karmic merit to ben­e­fit all sen­tient be­ings, over a hun­dred thou­sand lives of fish, yaks, cat­tle, birds, and goats were spared (tsethar) and the an­i­mals re­leased from cap­tiv­ity in var­i­ous dzongkhags in Bhutan and in Bangladesh and In­dia. Spe­cial pray­ers (Tshethar moen­lam) and the light- ing of but­ter lamps were also car­ried out.

Bud­dhist cen­tres in Tawang, Thai­land, Myanmar, Sri­lanka, Bod­hgaya, Mysore, Dehradun, Lhasa, Nepal, and Mon­go­lia came to­gether to of­fer pray­ers, and or­ga­nized kurims and lit but­ter lamps at the dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions to mark the oc­ca­sion, with pray­ers for world peace.

Mean­while var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions and in­di­vid­u­als across the coun­try ini­ti­ated cel­e­bra­tions and pray­ers to com­mem­o­rate HRH Gyalsey’s birthday. Var­i­ous groups or­ga­nized blood do­na­tion drives, and clean­ing cam­paigns, and school stu­dents pledged to read more, among other sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

Peo­ple from Bhutan and around the world of­fered an over­whelm­ing out­pour­ing of wishes and mes­sages on var­i­ous plat­forms on­line, and ma­jor me­dia agen­cies cov­ered the oc­ca­sion.

The Of­fice of the Gyalt­shab or­ga­nized a fair car­ni­val for six east­ern Dzongkhags at Gyalpozhing, Mon­gar from 5th-9th Fe­bru­ary 2017 to com­mem­o­rate the 1st Birth An­niver­sary of His Royal High­ness Gyalsey Jigme Nam­gyel Wangchuck.

The 5-day event started t with Ch­hana Dorje Su­ugch­hog at Gad­hen Ch­hoy­ing Lhakhang presided over by Lhalung Sungtrul and of­fer­ing of Karmey Tongch­hoed as Kurim for the well­be­ing of HRH The Gyalsey.

Over 7,000 peo­ple in­clud­ing monks, mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, of­fi­cials of six Dzongkhags, armed forces, civil sa­vants, busi­ness­men, stu­dents, em­ploy­ees of re­gional agen­cies, par­tic­i­pants and farm­ers from six Dzongkhags at­tended the event on the 5th Fe­bru­ary 2017. The gath­er­ing of­fered Zhabten to His Majesty The King and His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey at Gyalpozhing sta­dium where the Fair is be­ing held.

Be­sides reg­u­lar shops, over 150 stalls in­clud­ing ex­hi­bi­tion stalls by farm­ers of six east­ern Dzongkhags and re­gional agen­cies and other ven­dors which in­cludes food and bev­er­ages, gen­eral ven­dors and open space games. More peo­ple are gath­ered on the way to run stalls and at­tend the event in the com­ing days.

The Fair in­cluded a three days annual Gyalpozhing Tshechu which com­menced from 5th of Fe­bru­ary 2017. Hence­forth the Tshechu will be held coin­cid­ing with the Birth An­niver­sary of HRH The Gyalsey.

The Tshechu in­cludes Ch­hana Dorje (Va­jra­pani) Su­ungch­hog at Gad­hen Ch­hoy­ing Lhakhang as a Kurim for the well be­ing of His Majesty The King and His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey. Ch­hana Dorje Wang presided over by His Emi­nence Lhalung Jig­dral Kun­zang Pema Dorji Rin­poche, sa­cred mask dances by monks of Thekch­hog Nam­drol Ugyen Ch­hol­ing Drat­shang, Dram­etse, Mon­gar, and pre­sen­ta­tion of unique tra­di­tional songs, dances and other cul­tural items of six East­ern Dzongkhags. Va­ri­eties of cul­tural pro­grams by lo- cal peo­ple, civil servants, busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties, staff of re­gional agen­cies and stu­dents, ex­hi­bi­tion of Royal Por­traits and agri­cul­ture farm­ing tech­nolo­gies, live demon­stra­tion of tra­di­tional arts and crafts works by ar­ti­sans of six east­ern Dzongkhags, sale of va­ri­eties of lo­cal arts & hand­i­crafts, farm prod­ucts, food and bev­er­ages, and other indige­nous prod­ucts and spe­cial­ties of six East­ern Dzongkhags.

A live mu­si­cal con­cert and en­ter­tain­ment by fa­mous Bhutanese artists (singers and co­me­di­ans), boat­ing at the Kurichhu Hy­dropower Plant (KHP)’s dam, movie screen­ing, so­cial night and va­ri­eties of other recre­ational and fun ac­tiv­i­ties was also or­ga­nized.

Health camp by His Majesty’s Kidu Mo­bile Med­i­cal Unit com­pris­ing of med­i­cal ser­vices manned by med­i­cal spe­cial­ists, pe­di­a­tri­cians, gen­eral surgery, urol­ogy, ul­tra­sound, en­doscopy, ENT and all re­quired medicines.

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