This might be the reason why Bhutan is called the “happiest country” in the world. The tiny nation has worked tirelessly to create a balance between technology and the environment — and has proven its dedication to the cause yet again.
Nearly 100,000 citizens of Bhutan, including the country’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, volunteered to plant 108,000 “trees of life” sealed with prayers, to commemorate the birth of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck’s first child.
“In Buddhism, a tree is the provider and nourisher of all life forms, symbolizing longevity, health, beauty and even compassion,” said Tenzin Lekphell, who coordinated the initiative, called “Tendrel” in the local language.
The number of trees planted to honor the occasion was exactly 108,000 as the figure 108 is sacred and represents the cleansing of 108 defilements that hinder human beings to attain enlightenment.
? Bhutanese families spent a wonderful Losar today, celebrating the day with family and loved ones. To make the day even more special, we have the honour of bringing to you the very first official photograph of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey. In this delightful Losar Kupar from Lingkana Palace, His Royal Highness The Gyalsey is surrounded by His Majesty The King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen. His Royal HIghness The Gyalsey was born on the 5th of February 2016, and is the first Royal Child of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen. ? #Bhutan #PrinceofBhutan #HisMajesty #kingjigmekhesar #HerMajesty #QueenJetsunPema #Losar #fourthdrukgyalpo
The “Dragon King” and his wife of four years, Queen Jetsun Pema, are the most beloved and respected royals of the Bhutanese people and with good reason.
In October 2011, the couple celebrated a relatively low-budgeted wedding that was nevertheless made grand by the public who decorated the city with lights and firework displays — a marked difference against the extravagant weddings of the prince and princesses of Brunei.
Royal Wedding Anniversary: 13th October For the people of Bhutan, our King and Queen embody Dignity and Grace, and all that is sacred and cherished in Bhutan. In Their Majesties’ tireless work that emanates from abiding love and care for the people, we find a fountain of inspiration. On the Royal Wedding Anniversary, our humble offering is a rededication of our body, mind and spirit towards building the great, prosperous nation that His Majesty envisions, and our wish that this wonderful country is forever blessed by Their Majesties’ benevolent guidance. ?????? #Bhutan #RoyalWeddingAnniversary
The then newlyweds also refused to go on a high-expenditure honeymoon, in order to start working immediately.
"We start working right after the day we were married," commented the king. "And if we travel, we'll travel around the country. We like to meet more people."
The Buddhist country also does not have reported incidences of terrorism that are rampant in other countries of South Asia. The Bhutanese people credit their preservation of their traditions to their monarchs and the birth of the prince signifies their continuation.
As the people planted trees on March 6 in celebration, the Ministry of Tourism opened up a “Happiness Garden” in the capital city of Thimphu.
The 48,400-yard garden invites tourists to plant “happiness trees” with the objective of having trees representing every country in the world.