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National Day 2007

This years National Day was a very special day. How many times in the history of the mankind can you see 2 kings at the same time? I am posting some pictures to remind ourselves how fortunate we are to be able to witness such an occasion.

National Day of Bhutan - 2007

17th December, 2007 – a glorious day for a great occasion. The soldiers entering the celebration ground to offer the Guard of Honour.

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National Day 2007 – Bhutan through 100 years

Tomorrow is a very special day for the Bhutanese. Tomorrow, the 17th of December, 2007 we celebrate 100 years of Monarchy in Bhutan. It was on the 17th of December in 1907 that Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned as the first king of Bhutan.

In celebration of this important occasion my art club (VAST Bhutan) is organizing an exhibition titled “Bhutan through 100 years”. The following pictures are my contribution to the exhibition – digital mosaics of the 5th and the 4th Druk Gyalpos.

Mosaic of the 5th Druk Gyalpo

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The Future of Bhutan

His Majesty had the following words to say after announcing his decision to step down from the throne. “In taking note of the progress that our nation has made over the past thirty four years, I would like to state that whatever we have achieved so far is due to the merit of the people of Bhutan.” His Majesty has also repeatedly reminded that “the future of the nation lies in the hands of the people.”

Inside the Thimphu Dzong

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At the Forefront of Action

The geographical location of Bhutan provided a safe haven for the militants from across the border. The country had been a hideout to the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and the Kamtapur Liberation Organization (KLO). These insurgents who were up in arms against the Indian government had established several bases in the Bhutanese forests.

The National Flag of Bhutan

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The Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan

“Bhutan must move with the time to ensure that the nation not only overcomes all internal and external threats, but continues to prosper in an atmosphere of peace and stability.” These were the words of Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck on November 30, 2001, during the launching ceremony of the drafting of the Constitution.

Royal Crest - the national emblem
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