The na­tion ob­serves 110th na­tional day

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing/ Haa

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.

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