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According to information from Bhutan, the celebrations in 2007 have been postponed. Festivities for the centenary of monarchy will take place in 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.
Source: KUENSEL

As part of the celebration of the centenary of Monarchy in Bhutan, the Department of Tourism is planning new programmes for the year to bring visitors closer to the Bhutanese. The theme for the year is "Meet the Bhutanese" and innovative programmes are being developed to take visitors to villages, live on farms, mingle with school children, and partake in archery tournaments. New treks and trails are also being planned, including the Nabji/Korphu which will take the trekkers across sub-tropical regions of Wangduephodrang, Trongsa and Zhemgang. There is also the new Great Himalayan Trail which will take trek lovers from Haa in the west to Trashiyangtse in the east right through Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim in India to Nepal.

This article was contributed by KUENSEL, Bhutan's National Newspaper

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