The 110th National Day celebrated in embassies abroad
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.