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National Day 2008

What a year 2008 has been for Bhutan. A unique Constitution, a brand new democracy, and a dynamic young King. As we celebrate this National Day which marks the last of the celebrations of this special and eventful year, I am overwhelmed at being a close witness to such historic events.

The Grand Chipdrel welcoming His Majesty to the National Stadium.

The Grand Chipdrel procession welcoming His Majesty to the National Stadium.

National Anthem of Bhutan.

The armed forces, and the people sing the National Anthem.

His Majesty awards Aum Neten the Druk Thuksey

His Majesty awards Aum Neten Zangmo, Chairperson of the Anti Corruption Commission, the prestigious Druk Thuksey medal, for her work and integrity.

His Majesty the forth Druk Gyalpo

His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo joins the people in a game of tug-of-war.

The RBA brass band.

No celebration is complete without the much loved “Bazawala” – The Army Brass Band.

Lhotshampa's dance.

Monks's dance.

Mixed dance.

National Day 2008 celebrations.

Various dances to mark the celebrations.

People at the National Day.

People from all walks of life thronged to the Stadium to catch a glimpse of Their Majesties The Kings.

Trashi Laybey.

All’s well that ends well. Their Majesties The Kings are joined by their people for the auspicious Trashi Laybey dance to mark the end of the celebrations.


Future generations of Bhutanese people will live longer. They will be better educated. They will have better communications and will travel further. They will be more prosperous. Their lives will be more comfortable. 

>> The road ahead by Kuensel


“As King it is my duty to recognise people, who have served their fellow countrymen and nation in an exceptional way. It does not matter who you are, whether you are from rural or urban Bhutan or from the private sector or government. In the end all that matters is your love and service for our people and country. It is my hope that, henceforth, every one of you will strive to merit these awards.”

>> 6 honoured for service to nation by Kuensel


A blessed Kingdom with a fortunate people ruled by enlightened monarchs, under the leadership of a caring and compassionate Druk Gyalpo who inspires his people, Bhutan celebrated the historic Centenary National Day yesterday.

>> Read this report by BBS


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#1 kinley on 01.01.09 at 2:15 am

For those of you who wants to hear His Majesty’s Address, here you go:

#2 maryanne on 05.27.09 at 7:57 pm

I’m doing research for a school project. Can anyone help with the “Trashi Laybey Dance”? describe it for me?