Monday, 17 November 2008

Bhutan : Bhutanese students in Darjeeling celebrate His Majesty’s coronation

November 17: The Coronation and the Centenary celebrations have not been confined within the borders of Bhutan. The events have also been celebrated by Bhutanese working and studying abroad and well wishers and friends of Bhutan in various parts of the world, from the hill station of Darjeeling in India to The Hague in the Netherlands and Perth in Australia. The latest of these celebrations was held by Bhutanese Students Association (BSA) in Darjeeling.

The celebration on Friday was held at St. Joseph’s School, the alma mater of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. Around 350 students from six Colleges in Darjeeling and some 80 students from St. Joseph’s School took part in the celebrations.

The programme began with the signing of the National Anthem.

The Principal of St. Joseph’s School Father Kinley Tshering gave a speech highlighting the importance of the Coronation and Centenary celebrations. He said the youth of Bhutan must think of what they can do for their country. The Association members also celebrated the 53rd Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo.

Bhutanese Students Association’s President Dawa Samdrup thanked the government for providing financial support for coronation and centenary celebrations.

Bhutanese students said they are happy for being able to take part in the celebrations though they are away from home.

Coinciding with the programme, the Bhutanese Students Association organized a cultural show and hosted a lunch to welcome new students joining the school.

Currently there are around 400 Bhutanese studying in Darjeeling.

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