Remembering October 13, 2011

 

 l Tashi Tobgay, Thimphu

The nation remembered one of Bhutan’s most cherished moments, as people around the country celebrated the Sixth Royal Wedding Anniversary. In Thimphu, the celebrations were held at the Coronation Park, where more than 40 Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and a social enterprise came together to celebrate and remember October 13, 2011.

The occasion was also a platform to remember other significant moments of His Majesty the King.

On May 20, 2011, His Majesty the King announced during the opening session of the Seventh Parliament of Bhutan, that Bhutan would soon have its queen.

“As King, it is now time for me to marry,” His Majesty said, smiling, towards the end of his address at the opening of the seventh parliament session. “After much thought, I have decided that the wedding shall be later this year,” His Majesty said.

“I cannot say how she might appear to the people.” His Majesty had said, adding : “But to me, she is the one.”

The Royal wedding took place on October 13, 2011 at the historic Punakha Dzong.

Ahead of the ceremony, the betrothed received the blessings from the machhen (holy relic) of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

The ceremony was held in two locations, one presided over by His Holiness, the Je Khenpo for the Zhabdrung Dag Nangma prayer, and the other led by Dorji Lopon and 100 monks recited Tshepa Mey prayers.

His Majesty then received the Dar Na Nga, five silk scarves in the five auspicious colors, as well as the Raven Crown of the Wangchuck Dynasty. This was followed by a formal proclamation of Ashi Jetsun Pema Wangchuck as the Queen of Bhutan.

The proclamation was followed by the Tashi Ngasoel ceremony at the Grand Kuenra, again presided by His Holiness, Je Khenpo.

On October 14, 2011, the King and Queen made their way from Punakha to Thimphu. The next day His Majesty the King and Her Majesty Gyaltsuen appeared at a public celebration at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu. On  October 17, the Royal Couple also celebrated a Hindu marriage and was received by the head of the Hindu community (Hindu Samudaya).

The Royal Couple then visited India travelling through Rajasthan aboard a train chartered by the government of India.

Their Majesties followed this visit with a State Visit to Japan, where they were received enthusiastically by the Japanese people.

 

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