GNHCB to or­ga­nize a day­long cel­e­bra­tion to­mor­row

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Yen­ten Thin­ley from Thim­phu

In com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Na­tional GNH Day, the Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness Cen­tre Bhutan (GNHCB) will or­ga­nize a day-long cel­e­bra­tion to­mor­row at the Cen­te­nary Park in Thim­phu.

The pro­gramme in­cludes a col­lec­tive of­fer­ing of prayer at the sanc­tum of Sem­tokha Dzong in the morn­ing for the hap­pi­ness, well­be­ing and long life of His Majesty the Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. An in­ter­na­tional cul­tural fes­ti­val on the theme “Ex­pres­sions of Hap­pi­ness” will take place later in the evening.

The cel­e­bra­tion will be part of the an­nual “GNH Ex­pe­ri­ence” or­ga­nized by GNHCB on 11 Novem­ber on dif­fer­ent themes co­in­cid­ing with His Majesty Dru­gyal Zhipa’s Birth An­niver­sary.

From 10:30 am on­wards, var­i­ous stalls re­lated to health and well­be­ing such as meditation yoga, pranic heal­ing, tra­di­tional medicine among oth­ers will re­main open at the Cen­te­nary Park for the ben­e­fit of the pub­lic.

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease is­sued by GNHCB, the the­matic “Ex­pres­sions of Hap­pi­ness” pro­gramme will be at­tended by GNHCB’s Pres­i­dent, Her Royal High­ness Gyalsem Kezang Cho­den Wangchuck and var­i­ous dig­ni­taries in the coun­try start­ing from 4 pm.

“This year’s theme has been de­signed as an in­ter­na­tional cul­tural fes­ti­val in Bhutan where Bhutanese and world cit­i­zens present in the coun­try demon­strate creative ex­pres­sions to ex­pe­ri­ence, pro­mote and em­brace the val­ues of GNH through dance, mu­sic, po­etry and other artis­tic per­for­mances,” states the press re­lease.

A key el­e­ment for par­tic­i­pants, ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease, will be to demon­strate through the creative arts how GNH cre­ates a space for mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ment, pro­mot­ing the arts, em­brac­ing cul­ture and val­ues, and how each of us as in­di­vid­u­als, have a re­spon­si­bil­ity in shap­ing a sus­tain­able fu­ture for the planet. GNHCB’s event this year is sup­ported by B-Grimm, Bangkok, Le Meri­dien Thim­phu, Bhutan Power Cor­po­ra­tion (BPC) and Bhutan Print­ing So­lu­tions.

Mean­while, mem­bers of the GNH Club in Tak­tse Col­lege of Lan­guage and Cul­ture Stud­ies are also si­mul­ta­ne­ously go­ing to mark the day by or­ga­niz­ing a cul­tural fes­ti­val and un­veil­ing a mag­a­zine to cel­e­brate hap­pi­ness. The GNH club is the first of its kind cre­ated in a col­lege un­der the guid­ance of GNHCB.

GNHCB is a non-profit civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tion un­der the Pa­tron­age of Her Royal High­ness Ashi Kezang Cho­den Wangchuck. It was reg­is­tered un­der the Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tion Au­thor­ity of Bhutan on Oc­to­ber 18, 2012. The GNHCB was es­tab­lished as a trib­ute to take for­ward the vi­sion and phi­los­o­phy of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness (GNH) as in­tro­duced by His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in the early 1970s.

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