Coinciding with Lord Buddha’s Pranivana yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering launched the logo to commemorate the 40th birth anniversary of His Majesty The King at Changangkha Lhakhang, Thimphu.
Lyonchhen said that the launch of the logo is part of the year-long celebration of His Majesty’s 40th birth anniversary this year.
Lyonchhen said that the turning of the thousand-spoked golden wheel denotes secular and spiritual sovereignty protected by a universal Buddhist monarch.
“Equally, the wheel symbolises a beneficial movement that travels everywhere without obstacles, overcoming all challenges.
“The 40th birth anniversary of His Majesty the King is depicted by the golden wheel of a universal Buddhist monarch as his reign forges ahead with exemplary governance towards happiness and wellbeing, and harmony with nature. The distinctive Buddhist monarchy of Bhutan is depicted by the Rave Crown.
“The auspicious birth of His Majesty The King on February 21, 1980 corresponding to Iron Monkey Year, is indicated in Dzongkha-cursive forty that echoes with the symbol of the Sun and Moon which shines on the world with their blazing luminosity.”
The logo was designed by Dasho Karma Ura.
Senior government officials and representatives from the monastic body, and various agencies attended the launch.