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