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Bhutan Third King’s Death

Third King's Death in Bhutan is a public holiday.

Bhutan Third King’s Death Date: August 5

Bhutan celebrates Third King’s Death as a public holiday.

Bhutan’s third king was King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. He was the third dragon king, as he was popularly known. His death was not expected and was a sudden one. He succeeded the throne from his father King Jigme Wangchuk on the 27th of October 1952. He died on July 21 1972.

Bhutan Third King’s Death History

King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk is considered as one of the successful kings in the monarchial rule of Bhutan. He was the one to open the doors of Bhutan to the outside world. He was born on 2nd May 1928 and declared the king of Bhutan at a mere age of 24. King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk died while receiving medical treatment in Kenya. It is believed he received his first heart attack at an early age of 20.

King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk traveled to many places in the world to receive medical treatment. He was troubled by his health throughout his life. He died a premature and a sudden death on the 21st of July 1972 in Nairobi, Kenya. Every year the Bhutanese people observe his death anniversary on the July 21, to honor him for his doings and his greatness. He was the first to bring the idea of democratization.

He overall developed Bhutan largely in his reign of 20 years. He introduced the Judicial System and made land reforms. He created the first National Assembly and the Royal Advisory Council, the list is simply unending. He also introduced the idea of Dragon King. He replaced the old titles of Maharaja and Highness. He was the one to formulate Bhutan’s first unicameral Parliament. He was the one to introduce the five-year economic plans in the years 1961-1966, which Bhutan is still following.

Under his reign Bhutan joined the Colombo plan, was admitted to the United Nations in 1971. He is believed to have brought education to Bhutan. He established around 102 schools during his reign. To mark this, Bhutan celebrates its Teacher’s Day on the 2nd of May, the birth anniversary of the great third dragon king of Bhutan. He is commonly known as the “Father of Modern Bhutan” as he was the one to bring modernization by building roads and infrastructure. He took Bhutan to an era of prosperity and recognition.

Bhutan Third King’s Death Observance

Every year, July 21 is celebrated in Bhutan as the death anniversary of their beloved third dragon king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. To mark this day, monks and people pray for the well-being of their king in heaven. As the state religion is Buddhism, the monks offer prayers to Buddha for their King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.

People celebrate the death anniversary of their third king in July/August according to the complicated calendar of the Bhutan. On this day, people wear their traditional dresses and remember their king for his great deeds for the people of Bhutan and his love and dedication for the kingdom.

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