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Celebration of the centenary of Monarchy 2007-2008

His Majesty the King advised the Cabinet that the celebrations planned by the government to mark the centenary of the Monarchy in Bhutan should be held in 2008 because 2006 and 2007 were lona (inauspicious years) according to the lunar calendar. His Majesty said that there would be many events to celebrate in 2008 but having too many grand celebrations would be unnecessarily expensive and the money would be better spent in development programmes and in establishing the Constitutional institutions that would be necessary for the success of parliamentary democracy in Bhutan. His Majesty advised that the centenary of the Monarchy, the adoption of the Tsathrim, the introduction of general elections, and the installment of a democratic government could all be combined to save costs.

Because of the two-year lona (inauspicious years) period, in 2006 and 2007, His Majesty advised the government to plan and formally inaugurate the important Constitutional institutions and offices before the lona started. (see: Coronation of the 5th Druk Gyalpo 2008)

Source: KUENSEL, Bhutan's National Newspaper, 2008
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