Volunteers for Bhutan

The Coronation was a grand success!

The Coronation – our coronation – showcased Bhutan’s unique culture and tradition. It also put on full display the love, affection and reverence that all Bhutanese have for our monarch.

I offer my heartiest congratulations to all the people responsible for making this historic national event a resounding success: The NSCCC, Zhung Dratshang, Home Ministry, Tourism Council, Protocol Department, schools, police, Thimphu Dzongkhag and City Corporation, hospital, media, City Bus, Department of Works and Housing, utility companies, DNP, and many others.

And I pay special tribute to the countless volunteers who came from all parts of our country and all segments of our society. They contributed their time, energy and resources to make the celebrations that much more enjoyable and safe, warm and special. Most of them worked behind the scenes and claimed no recognition. They worked long hours and shouldered heavy responsibilities.

Farmers traveled long distances, some from very remote areas, to offer special cultural performances.

Civil servants, especially the mid-level ones, sacrificed their long holidays to volunteer their services.

Recent graduates ignored looming employment concerns and turned in full force, everywhere it seemed.

The Citizens’ Initiative for Coronation and Centenary Celebrations organized a series of grand shows, and continue to do so to mark the centenary celebrations.

The Local Chapter put on memorable events and lavished pins and posters of His Majesty the King to all people.

They are patriots, all of them.

Volunteering is not new in Bhutan. It is a central feature of life in our villages. That’s how we build our houses, work our farms, celebrate births, nurse the sick, support the grieving, and secure our communities.

The Coronation Celebrations have shown that today’s urban Bhutanese are still ready to volunteer. That, in fact, volunteering is being taken to new heights. This, during our coronation, is a fitting tribute to our monarch.

To all volunteers: Tashi Delek!