17 is celebrated throughout the country
as Gyal Yung Duechhen or National Day. It was on this day in 1907 that
the country was united under a central authority with the crowning of Ugyen
Wangchuck as the first hereditary king of Bhutan.
government has declared October 21 as a national holiday on the occasion of the formal accession of His Royal
Highness the Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck as Chhoetse Penlop.