The nation observes 110th national day
Bhutan observes the 110th national day on 17 December at Lhakhang Karpo in Haa, as a most auspicious day on which the Bhutanese paid tribute to their monarch.
Many people come from neighboring Dzongkhags to participate in the National day events, as well as members of the Royal family, clergy, armed forces, and international community.
The date remembers the 1907 coronation of the first King. The crowning started a period of peace, unity and prosperity to Bhutan that had previously experienced many years of civil war.
Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck was unanimously appointed as the first hereditary King of Bhutan on 17 December 1907 by the representatives of the people in Punakha Dzong. Since then, the tradition is crowning the Kings of Bhutan in Punakha Dzong has been followed.
The country has enjoyed continued peace and prosperity and achieved high level of economic growth and stability thanks to a successive line of Kings.
All the government offices and agencies will be closed today to commemorate the Coronation of His Majesty the First King of Bhutan, Druk Gyalpo Ugyen Wangchuck. Bhutan’s most significantly national day is widely celebrated throughout the country.
Bhutanese all over the country follow the ceremonies on television. The day is celebrated to mark the first Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck’s ascension to the throne as the first Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan.
Throughout the nation, celebrations took place in schools, institutions, monasteries, arm forces compounds. The people lighted butter lamps and the
national flag is hosted on all the houses. People were dressed in their finest clothes and their families mix around and are a part of this grand spectacular occasion. In addition, the celebration presents colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.
The Lomba festival in Haa is an extraordinary this year, as the festival coincides with the National day cel- ebration. Parops and Haaps living in other Dzongkhags also return home for Lomba festival to be with their families. It is also a time to give thanks and make offerings to their local deities.
Lomba, the annual festival celebrated by Parops and Haaps, falls on the 29th day of the 10th month in the Bhutanese calendar.
In Thimphu, the day is celebrated in Changlingmithang stadium. Thousands of people from neighboring Dzongkhag are expected to attend the celebration, which has a special significant to Bhutan.
All set for go: The people of Haa will celebrate the 110Th National Day with their new year Lomba on the bastion of Ap Chundu Lhakhang Karpo. His Majesty The King and the members of the Royal Family will grace the occasion.