On His Birthday, His Majesty The King Graced The Opening Of The 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition

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This year’s exhibition is dedicated to the 39th birthday of His Majesty The King.

Little monks help out with preparations for the 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition in Samdrup Jongkhar. (Source: Facebook/Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition)

 

By Sherub Dorji & Kinley Wangchuk | BBS

His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck graced the opening of the 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition (RBFE) at the Tendrel Thang in Samdrup Jongkhar on the morning of 21 February.

His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo and Members of the Royal Family were also present at the event.

This year’s exhibition is dedicated to the 39th birthday of His Majesty The King. It was organised by the committee of the Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde.

 

 

Photo: Facebook/The Royal Family of Bhutan

 

The Prime Minister, government officials and representatives from Samdrup Jongkhar attended the event, along with the Ambassador of India to Bhutan and officials from the neighbouring Indian State of Assam.

The RBFE was initiated upon the Royal Command in 2015, with the vision of fostering beautiful living spaces and promoting economic activity in Bhutan.

To commemorate His Majesty’s birthday, the organising groups and the government offered birthday cakes, while members of the community put together a cultural performance to open the exhibition.

What can visitors expect to see at the 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition?

The main venue of the flower exhibition this year is at the Tendrel Thang of Samdrup Jongkhar, where gardens have been developed by the Ministry of Agriculture, private nurseries, and the armed forces based in Samdrup Jongkhar.

 

At the nursery where the saplings of flowers will be planted at the exhibition site and around the town, in preparation for the 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition.

Photo: Facebook/Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition

 

His Majesty granted over 1,700 saplings for the permanent gardens and they were nurtured in January this year.

Beside the gardens, the main venue includes stalls displaying local artisanal works and souvenirs, traditional medicine, tourism information booth, as well as a food court run by entrepreneurs from Samdrup Jongkhar and neighbouring areas.

This year’s exhibition extends beyond the main venue to include the entire Thromde area, with the participation of the local communities and businesses.

A number of gardens and installations have been developed at various parts of the town.

 

 Photo: Asia News Network

 

The people of Samdrup Jongkhar have actively participated in its transformation by putting up their own floral arrangements around their homes and shops.

Plans to maintain some of the features of the exhibition

“From now on, how do we maintain some of the exhibits? The question is about its sustainability. There will be challenges for us but like we have been able to get results until now we will work together, all of us in the government and the people, will think as one and maintain it as it is now,” said Karma Sherab Thobgyal, the SJ Thrompon.

Leki, also a resident added, “the town has become beautiful, the footpaths and everything. Varieties of flowers have been planted. From now onwards, we would be grateful if it can be maintained like this.”

In fact, the gardens developed outside of the Tendrel Thang will become permanent features of the town following the conclusion of the exhibition, as one of the overarching objectives of the exhibition is to bring about a lasting transformation of the living spaces in Samdrup Jongkhar.

What some of the visitors said about the exhibition

Over 3,000 people witnessed the exhibition on its opening day and it will be kept open to the public and tourists until 27 February.

 

Photo: Facebook/Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition

 

“The sights are so pleasing. Our town looks different from what it used to be. It has become beautiful now,” Cheten, a resident said.

“Being here and looking at all the beautiful flowers I am feeling dizzy. I don’t know what to do so I am just sitting and relaxing with the happiness of being able to meet Their Majesties for the first time,” added Dorji Dema, a resident.

 

This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.

 


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