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National Day Reflection

Yesterday (December 17, 2009) we gathered early in the morning outside our office to offer our prayers and participate in the joy-filled moments as the nation celebrates 102 years of peace and happiness under the Wangchuck dynasty. And as the national flag was hoisted and 60 mouths started singing the national anthem, we wanted to join thousands of other Bhutanese who would be singing the same tune, thinking the same patriotic thought and feeling the same numbness of happiness, as anthem echoed from the overlooking mountains and hills.



It was truly a simple celebration indeed. There was no speech by the chief guest. In fact there was no chief guest - just us, one big family. Everyone understood why we were gathered that we had no need for an old man to remind how important the day was and how and what happened before and after 1907. We are all adults, all grateful to our kings for what we are and what we have.    

Our National Day is like the birthday of a kingdom. If our birthdays are special to us then definitely the birth anniversary of our nation is important. And just as our birthdays are reflection of what we have achieved in a year that has gone by, the National Day must be a day for us the citizens, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, educationists, bankers, media personnel, etc. to reflect on our achievement since the last National Day.

A little over a year ago, Bhutanese from all walks of life, from far and wide swarm together to celebrate the joyous occasion of enthronement of our King Khesar and the celebration of our century old monarchy. We have so many things to be proud. Our transition to constitutional monarchy was smooth and we are said to have set examples to nations around the world. In Bhutan Democracy comes as a gift from the Royal Throne and is qualified as the norb.

We live in a truly unique country. Our kings are unique. We now have the highly qualified and dynamic parliament – one that’s truly concerned about the welfare of the people; making wise decisions in the best interest of our people. We are fortunate to be guided by the two visionary kings and the parliament that we have voted our faith in.

Palden Drukpa Gyelo!

Comments

  1. Nice reflection.

    But I think our Parliament has a lot more to do and prove before we settle our thoughts on it and entrust it with our complete faith. There's always room for improvement.

    My thoughts :)

    Tongs

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