These are truly special times for the people of Bhutan. Last year, we paid tribute to the Father of Our Nation, His Majesty Drukgyal Zhipa, on His Majesty’s 60th Birth Anniversary. This year, the year of Guru Rinpoche, which also marks 400 years since Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel arrived in Bhutan, after 108 providential years of our Monarchy, the entire nation celebrated the arrival of His Majesty’s firstborn Prince.
The entire country celebrates because these events hold immense significance to us– they are our story, defining though our history, who we are. We find tears in our eyes as we look upon Kupars of our King, Queen, and Drukgyal Zhipa, holding the newborn Prince, because we are filled with a profound sense of our identity, a coming together of our past, present, and future.
It is an exclusive fortune to be so closely connected with our past that it speaks in our actions today. To have our everyday existence of family life and work underscored with meaning and purpose, allowing us to clearly envision a future. A bright future.
Personally, it seems that the international interest in Bhutan has never been greater than it is now- following the announcement of the Royal Birth. Perhaps the curiosity from those who look in to us from the outside comes from wonder, from sensing and wanting to understand that radiant happiness emanating from the people of Bhutan.
It is in celebration that the people of Bhutan most closely resemble a family. Knitted together by our dreams and aspirations, we look out with a certain sense of pride that emerges from our identity, a deeply held sense of dignity as we speak of our mountain country, our people, and our King.
As we move through our existence, untangling knots here and there, we all carry in us an unperturbed feeling of optimism that our future will be as whole as we have ever known it to be. It is a privileged experience.
During His Majesty’s Coronation Address in November 2008, His Majesty said:
“Throughout my reign I will never rule you as a King. I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you everything and keep nothing; I shall live such a life as a good human being that you may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children; I have no personal goals other than to fulfill your hopes and aspirations. I shall always serve you, day and night, in the spirit of kindness, justice and equality.”
We witness His Majesty’s resolution manifest in all of His Majesty’s work- every day, with every Action, Speech, and Thought.
On His Majesty’s Birthday, as we offer our love and wishes, we also rejoice, knowing that on this special year, His Majesty has the exceptional, personal happiness of being a Parent.