The 110th Na­tional Day cel­e­brated in em­bassies abroad

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The Royal Bhutanese Em­bassy in Brus­sels hosted a re­cep­tion on 15th De­cem­ber 2017 on the oc­ca­sion of the 110th Na­tional Day in Brus­sels, Bel­gium. Dur­ing the re­cep­tion, Am­bas­sador Pema Cho­den high­lighted the im­por­tance and sig­nif­i­cance of the event which com­mem­o­rates the coro­na­tion of Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck, the first Druk Gyalpo in 1907. Am­bas­sador Cho­den stated that it is the cel­e­bra­tion of Bhutan’s spe­cial his­tory and how far we have come as a na­tion un­der the vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship of our suc­ces­sive Kings. She ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the Euro­pean Union and its Mem­ber States for their sup­port to Bhutan over the decades.

The re­cep­tion was at­tended by nearly 300 peo­ple in­clud­ing mem­bers of the diplo­matic corps, the Bel­gian gov­ern­ment, the Euro­pean Union, and busi­ness com­mu­nity and academia in Bel­gium, Hon­orary Con­suls of Bhutan from Ger­many and the Nether­lands, mem­bers of the friend­ship so­ci­eties of Bhutan from Aus­tria, Den­mark, France, Nether­lands, Ger­many, Swe­den and the United King­dom, as well as Bhutanese stu­dents and res­i­dents from coun­tries across Europe. The State For­eign Min­is­ter of Sri Lanka Vas­an­tha Se­nayake was also present. Ms. Frances –Marie Uitti, an ac­com­plished cel­list and founder of Bhutan Mu­sic Foun­da­tion per­formed tra­di­tional Bhutanese mu­sic on her cello.

The Em­bassy also hosted a lunch for the Hon­orary Con­suls and the Friend­ships As­so­ci­a­tions of Bhutan from Euro­pean Union coun­tries on 16th De­cem­ber 2017 at the Royal Bhutanese Em­bassy.

In New York

In com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 11oth Na­tional Day of Bhutan, the Per­ma­nent Mis­sion of the King­dom of Bhutan to the United Na­tions in New York hosted a re­cep­tion on Tues­day 14th De­cem­ber for mem­bers of the Diplo­matic Com­mu­nity in New York.

The re­cep­tion was well at­tended by over 300 guests, com­pris­ing Heads of Mis­sions and other rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Mem­ber States and Ob­servers of the United Na­tions, Heads and Of­fi­cials of the United Na­tion Sys­tem in New York, friends and well-wish­ers of Bhutan in the US, as well as Bhutanese na­tion­als res­i­dent in New York.

A cul­tural show and din­ner was or­ga­nized to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion on Fri­day 15th De­cem­ber by the United Bhutanese As­so­ci­a­tion of New York (UBANY).

Speak­ing at the event, Am­bas­sador Doma Tsh­er­ing , Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions, high­lighted the sig­nif­i­cance of the 110th Na­tional Day. She said that it is an oc­ca­sion to ex­press grat­i­tude to our beloved Mon­archs, to cel­e­brate their many great achieve­ments, and an op­por­tu­nity for all Bhutanese to reaf­firm our com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion in the ser­vice of the TSA – WA- SUM.

The event was at­tended by over 300 peo­ple, com­pris­ing mainly mem­bers of the Bhutanese com­mu­nity liv­ing in New York, and friends of Bhutan. The event fea­tured tra­di­tional songs and dances to cel­e­brate the event.

In Dhaka and Colombo

The Royal Bhutanese Em­bassy in Dhaka cel­e­brated the 110th Na­tional Day of Bhutan with the Bhutanese com­mu­nity on the morn­ing of 17th De­cem­ber 2017 fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion in the evening. The re­cep­tion was graced by Rashed Khan Menon, Min­is­ter of Civil Avi­a­tion and Tourism, Gov­ern­ment of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Bangladesh as the chief guest. Other at­ten­dees in­cluded Bangladesh gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, mem­bers of the diplo­matic corps, academia, prom­i­nent busi­ness­men, me­dia, and Bhutanese com­mu­nity.

Dur­ing his speech, Am­bas­sador Sonam Tob­den Rab­gye said that our Na­tional Day is the cel­e­bra­tion of the es­tab­lish­ment of the Bhutanese monar­chy in 1907. He high­lighted the lead­er­ship of suc­ces­sive mon­archs in bring­ing peace and pros­per­ity to the na­tion.

On 14th De­cem­ber, the Royal Bhutanese Em­bassy and the Hon­orary Con­sul of Bhutan to Sri Lanka co-hosted a re­cep­tion in Colombo to cel­e­brate the Na­tional Day. The re­cep­tion was also well at­tended by Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, diplo­matic corps, academia, busi­ness fra­ter­nity, and Bhutanese study­ing and work­ing in Colombo.

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