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Coronation Day of His Majesty the King – November 1, 2022

Coronation Day of His Majesty the King holds on November 1 annually in the Kingdom of Bhutan to commemorate the anniversary of the king’s coronation. It’s a national public holiday. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is Bhutan’s ‘Druk Gyalpo’ or ‘Dragon King.’ On December 9, 2006, he succeeded his father, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who abdicated the throne in his favor. King Khesar was born in Kathmandu on February 21, 1980. He is the eldest son of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth Dragon King of Bhutan, and his third wife, Queen Tshering Yangdon.

History of Coronation Day of His Majesty the King

King Khesar studied in the United States at Phillips Academy in Andover and Cushing Academy in Ashburnham after graduation from Yangchenphug High School. After attending Wheaton College in Massachusetts, he completed a Diplomatic Studies Programme at Magdalen College, Oxford.

On December 9, 2006, he became the monarch after his father, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, stepped down from the throne in his favor. His official coronation took place on November 1, 2008.

The young king began his reign by supervising meetings of the parliament, where electoral rules, land reform, and other significant subjects came up. He stated that it was the duty of this age of Bhutanese to ensure the success of democracy. He explained and discussed Bhutan’s Draft Constitution with the people and urged participation in future democratic activities.

He continues to make such visits, primarily speaking to young people about the need for Bhutanese to work harder and aim for excellence in business and civil service.

On November 1, 2008, Bhutan celebrated 100 years of sovereignty with a public coronation ceremony for His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. The year 2008 also marked the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Bhutan’s present dynasty of monarchs.

That first coronation was highly symbolic and celebratory. Many other high-ranking government officials, including those from other countries, were in attendance. There were colorful banners and painted signs adorning the streets, with floral decorations in strategic locations throughout the capital city.

Khesar has led attempts to democratize Bhutan and implement land reforms since becoming king. He is extremely popular and is lovingly known as “The People’s King.”

Coronation Day of His Majesty the King timeline

2002
Bhutan's U.N. Representative

Khesar represents Bhutan at the U.N. General Assembly and delivers his maiden U.N. speech, addressing issues concerning the welfare of millions of children worldwide.

2002
Khesar Receives An Award From His Father

On June 25, the Crown Prince receives the Red Scarf from his father.

2007
The Treaty Of Amity with India

The King signs a new alliance with India, replacing the 1949 agreement.

2021
Abolishing The Anti-homosexual Law

Khesar signs the repeal of anti-homosexuality statutes into law, essentially decriminalizing same-sex behavior in the kingdom.

Coronation Day of His Majesty the King FAQs

Is Bhutan a great place to visit?

Bhutan is a beautiful place to visit with its scenic, mountainous landscape and vibrant culture. This Himalayan kingdom boasts natural beauty and several historical and spiritual attractions.

What does February 21 mean to the Bhutanese?

His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was born on February 21, 1980, and numerous cultural events are part of his birthday celebrations.

What is Bhutan Famous for?

Bhutan is well known for its festivals. Many visitors plan their journey to Bhutan around the time of the famous Paro Tshechu and Thimphu Festivals.

How to Observe Coronation Day of His Majesty the King

  1. Discover Bhutanese culture

    This day is an excellent opportunity to learn about Bhutanese culture and traditions. Learning about other cultures can help us comprehend how each independent group contributed to many of the things we take for granted in society today.

  2. Spread the word

    You can also share the holiday on your social media accounts. Help raise awareness about the holiday by sharing snippets about the celebration with hashtags.

  3. Say a prayer

    Join Bhutanese citizens to pray for His Majesty's good health, happiness, and long life. Get others to join you to make the occasion even more memorable.

5 Interesting Facts About Bhutan

  1. Selfless act of abdication

    In this age of dirty politics and corruption, it is astonishing and uplifting to see such generosity by Bhutan's King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

  2. Unconquerable land

    Bhutan has never been dominated by an external power, owing to its inaccessible region and the wise decisions and tactics of numerous kings and gurus who struck great deals with the British as they expanded their base in India and Nepal.

  3. Bhutanese people adore their King

    The King of Bhutan is beloved for his humble personality and humanitarian initiatives.

  4. A brave new world

    In 1999, the King of Bhutan finally permitted television and internet access in the country.

  5. The youngest king

    At 28 years, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck became the world's youngest reigning monarch.

Why Coronation Day of His Majesty the King is Important

  1. It allows us to communicate with loved ones

    The holiday gives distant family and friends an excuse to return home for the festivities. This day allows them to connect and have fun together.

  2. It encourages cultural continuity

    Many Bhutanese and people worldwide who are unfamiliar with their age-old customs learn about and participate in the event. As a result, they reconnect with their roots and preserve their culture.

  3. The holiday promotes happiness

    With the costumes, dancing, feasting, and music that surround this day, happiness is, quite literally, in the air. People celebrate the king’s good health and the hope of even better years to come under his rule.

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