There cannot be enduring peace, prosperity, equality and brotherhood in this world if our aims are so separate and divergent, if we do not accept that in the end we are people, all alike, sharing the Earth among ourselves and also with other sentient beings, all of whom have an equal role and stake in the state of this planet and its players.

His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King of BHUTAN

The 111th National Day will be celebrated in Samtse this year. The official logo and theme song for the celebrations was released online by Kuensel. Samtse hosted the 95th National Day in 2002.

The National Day of Bhutan is celebrated on December 17. The date marks the coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck as the first hereditary monarch of Bhutan.

The Logo

The National Day logo

Quotes from His Majesty’s National Day address in Haa, December 17, 2017

“Democracy is a timeless process in our collective endeavor to build a peaceful and prosperous nation. Democracy is the foundation of peace and tranquility, and the source of shared values for wellbeing and happiness. It is also the life-force of national governance.”

“The resilience of a society is its ability to compete and excel in a highly competitive world. It is important that future generations of our people become the best among the best to safeguard our sovereignty and security, and strengthen the values that have held our society together and shaped the identity of the Bhutanese people.”

“Our youth must not wait for government initiatives and handouts, and for parents to push them to launch their careers. In a fast moving high tech world, where the only limit is your imagination, you must learn to take charge of the transition and inevitable evolution. You must take the first step forward.”

“There are many national policies and plans to prioritise but most important of all, we must empower the next generation. No matter how we think and reflect, study and analyse the situation, the answer lies in strengthening the youth – our children.”

Click here for the full address.