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Bhutan celebrates His Majesty's birth anniversary

November 11th 2003

The nation came together in festivity as people all across the country celebrated the 48th anniversary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo.
In Thimphu, thousands of students, the dratshang, civil servants and members of the armed forces flocked to the Changlimithang national stadium to take part in the celebrations.

Addressing the thousands gathered at the Changlimithang stadium, the minister of labour and human resources, Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering, said that the peace and prosperity the Bhutanese people enjoyed today was because of His Majesty's leadership and vision.

As is the tradition the students did a march past and performed skits and dances for the public. A highlight of the activities performed by the school children was the traditional wrestling competition that had the spectators roaring.

The Changzamtog school beat Yangchenphu in the finals to win the top prize. In the evening, the IMTRAT band performed Hindi and English at the clock tower centre.

In Southern Bhutan, Gelephu dungkhag had the honour of celebrating the occasion with His Holiness the Je Khenpo as the chief guest under a blue November sky. Thousands of people from all corners of the dzongkhag gathered at the Gelephu sport association ground to welcome His Holiness to the celebration, which was organised in traditional splendour. His Holiness was escorted to the festival ground in a chipdrel procession where he was presented a Guard of Honour by the Royal Bhutan Army and the Royal Bhutan Police. The students of Sarpang's nine schools presented a march past followed by a variety of cultural programmes. His Holiness spoke to the gathering on the significance of the happy occasion and paid homage to the Druk Gyalpo.

Samtse dzongkhag celebrated the occasion with home minister Lyonpo Jigmi Thinley. Apart from traditional mask dances and modern Bhutanese songs, the people also performed the Lhop dance the Tamang dance and the Adivasi dance to mark the occasion.

Photos: KUENSEL, Bhutan's National Newspaper
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