Participants of the strong man competition on the Changlimithang ground during the celebration

The nation observed His Majesty the King’s 35th birth anniversary on February 21.

In the Prime Minister’s address at the celebrations held at Changlimithang, lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay announced five pledges to His Majesty the King.

Lyonchhoen pledged the country’s full commitment and dedication to serving the Tsa-Wa-Sum. He said that the government will work hard towards achieving national goals.

Lyonchhoen pointed out that the peace and prosperity Bhutan enjoys today is because of the wisdom and hard work of Their Majesties the Druk Gyalpos and of everyone’s parents. He added that citizens should work hard like their parents and strive to achieve continuous peace and self-reliance.

Students performing a cultural dance at the celebration

Given that the present year has been declared a Reading Year, lyonchhoen said that students would be encouraged to read at least one book a month. He said that a list of books read by students will be compiled and gifted to His Majesty the King.

Lyonchhoen said that more care and special attention would be provided to students by their teachers.

Lyonchhoen also pledged to eradicate all forms of corruption. He said that the government will work together with and extend all possible support to agencies responsible for battling corruption.

Lyonchhoen pledged the restoration of chortens and monuments which have been vandalised and those damaged due to non-maintenance

Trongsa nyagoe Kinley Wangdi won the strong man competition

Following his address, school students from Thimphu performed cultural songs and dances.

In the finals of the Druk-gi-Nyagoe or strong man competition, also held at Changlimithang, Kinley Wangdi of Trongsa stood first and was awarded a prize of Nu 300,000. Bumthang nyagoe Passang Dorji came in second and was awarded Nu 200,000 while Paro nyagoe Sonam Tshering came third for Nu 100,000.

While several lucky-dip prizes, ranging from insurance schemes to washing machines, were awarded during the celebration, the most anticipated prize was a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle.

Nado Rinchen, a 22-year old farmer from Punakha, won the Nu 1.4M vehicle in the last draw of the celebrations. The vehicle was sponsored by the Prime Minister.

Gyalsten K Dorji


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