Nima Wangdi 

People in the past used to be eager for National Day celebrations because of the festivity and many came from far-flung villages to meet their children in schools on this day.

However, today people wait for the day to listen to His Majesty The King’s address to the nation which is a big change over time.

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering, who addressed the nation on BBS yesterday, said this while talking about this year’s National Day celebrations.

The 115th National Day will be celebrated at Changlimithang National stadium in Thimphu.

He said, since 2006, His Majesty The King has been addressing the nation with clear advice as to how the country should advance. “But we forgot all of them in a few days.”

He said that beginning this year, the country will start implementing the Royal address to the nation seriously. “We will ensure that nothing is left out.”

Lyonchhen said that most of the youth despite their skill and knowledge are vying to go abroad to work given the chance. “Australia has been a popular destination.”

He said that it was a natural tendency that one would always move to a greener pasture and youth will continue to leave for abroad. 

“His Majesty The King told us that the young people are not at fault for moving abroad for study and work. This is because the country has not been able to create opportunities that match their knowledge and expectations.”

“Given the situation of more youth leaving for abroad to work, His Majesty has been asking us to bring changes relevant to the needs of the time,” Lyonchhen said. 

He said that the country would start to work harder to give the opportunities to value the youth. “We need to bring changes that the country requires.”

Lyonchhen also said that the theme of this year’s National Day celebration is Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology.