Bhutan National Day around the world in 2019

Bhutan National Day around the world in 2019
  How long until Bhutan National Day?
This holiday next takes place in 9 days.
  Dates of Bhutan National Day around the world
2021 BhutanDec 17
Bhutan Fri, Dec 17National Holiday
2020 BhutanDec 17
Bhutan Thu, Dec 17National Holiday
2019 BhutanDec 17
Bhutan Tue, Dec 17National Holiday
2018 BhutanDec 17
Bhutan Mon, Dec 17National Holiday
  Summary
Marks the day when Ugyen Wangchuck was elected as a hereditary king in 1907

When is the National Day of Bhutan?

National Day is a public holiday in the Kingdom of Bhutan on December 17th each year.

This holiday commemorates the coronation of the first King of Bhutan on this day in 1907.

History of the National Day of Bhutan

Bhutan's official name is the Kingdom of Bhutan. It is also known as "The Land of the Thunder Dragon." This is a reference to Druk the mythical dragon, which is the national animal of Bhutan.

Bhutan was first unified in the early 17th century by a Buddhist monk, Ngawang Namgyal. It was ruled under the Tibetan dual system of government led by the Zhabdrung - reincarnations of the mind, body and speech of Ngawang Namgyal. 

In the late 19th century, Bhutan was being pulled apart by conflicts with Tibet and the British Empire. 

This led to a power struggle between regional leaders with Ugyen Wangchuck, the Ponlop of Tongsa in central Bhutan emerging as the dominant figure in Bhutan, uniting the country and establishing better relations with British India.

The rise of Ugyen Wangchuck highlighted the ineffectiveness of the dual system and in November 1907, an assembly of religious leaders and, government officials was held, which decided to end the 300-year-old dual system of government and to establish a new absolute monarchy with Ugyen Wangchuck as the king.

December 17th 1907 saw the Coronation of His Majesty the First King of Bhutan, Druk Gyalpo Ugyen Wangchuck. This established the Wangchuck Dynasty which continues to rule Bhutan.

The Druk Gyalpo is the official title of the head of state of Bhutan, meaning "Dragon King" in Dzongkha.

This is Bhutan's most significant national holiday and is widely celebrated throughout the country.

All government offices and agencies will be closed on this occasion.

Did you know?

In 1973, Bhutan issued a set of postage stamps that were tiny phonographic records that could be played on a turntable.

Buying cigarettes is illegal in Bhutan.

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