National Day of Bhutan

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National Day of Bhutan, also known as “Gyalyong Duechen,” is a significant annual celebration held on December 17th. It commemorates the coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck, the first king of Bhutan, who was crowned on this day in 1907. The National Day marks a crucial moment in Bhutan’s history, as it signifies the unification of the country under a hereditary monarchy and the establishment of a strong foundation for modern Bhutan.

The National Day is observed with various festivities and events across the country. It is a public holiday, and Bhutanese people from different regions and walks of life come together to celebrate their national identity and cultural heritage.

The celebration typically includes colorful parades, traditional dances, and performances that showcase Bhutan’s vibrant culture. Citizens wear their finest traditional attire, and government officials, religious leaders, and members of the royal family often participate in the events. The National Day is an opportunity for Bhutanese people to express their loyalty, respect, and love for their country and its royal lineage.

One of the highlights of the National Day is the raising of the national flag at the Tashichho Dzong in the capital city, Thimphu. This ceremony is attended by thousands of people, creating a sense of unity and pride among the citizens.

The National Day of Bhutan is not only a celebration of its history and monarchy but also a day to reflect on the progress and values of the nation. It’s a time for Bhutanese people to come together, strengthen their sense of national identity, and express their gratitude for the peace and prosperity that their country has enjoyed under the leadership of the royal family.

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National Day of BhutanDec 17, 20241 Day
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