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Guru Rinpoche’s Birthday Celebrated in Bhutan

The Birthday of Guru Rinpoche is a public holiday in Bhutan.

Birthday of Guru Rinpoche Date: July 2

The Birthday of Guru Rinpoche is a public holiday in Bhutan.

The kingdom of Bhutan is fondly known as the “land of thunder dragons” to their citizens. Buddhism is supposed to have been brought to Bhutan by the “Padmasambhava” or the “Lotus Born”. This is a different form of Buddhism with a tantric side to it. In Tibet and Bhutan, the Padmasambhava is referred to as Guru Rinpoche (“Precious Master”) or Lopon Rinpoche. His birthday is celebrated with great joy in Bhutan.

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Posted on 01 Jul 2017 in : Bhutan Holidays


Bhutan Honors the Shabdrung on Shabdrung Kuchoey

Shabdrung Kuchoey is a public holiday in Bhutan.

Shabdrung Kuchoey Date: November 27

Shabdrung Kuchoey is a public holiday in Bhutan.

Shabdrung Kuchoey marks the death anniversary of the Shabdrung in 1651, on the 10th day of the 4th month of the lunar calendar. The Shabdrung is the most important tulku lineage in Bhutan, similar to the Dalai Lama lineage of Tibet. The lineage passes through the founder of the country, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, born in 1594. He was a high Drukpa Kagyu lama who was the unifier of Bhutan as a nation state. In Bhutan the Shabdrung is revered as the third most important personality behind Guru Rinpoche and the Buddha.

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Posted on 26 Nov 2016 in : Bhutan Holidays,November Holidays


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. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 05 Aug 2014 in : August Holidays,Bhutan Holidays


The King’s Birthday Is Celebrated in Bhutan

King’s Birthday in Bhutan is a public holiday.

King’s Birthday Date: November 11

King’s Birthday is a public holiday in Bhutan.

The Kingdom of Bhutan is somewhat unique in that its people function on the premise of Gross National Happiness (GNH). GNH encourages material and spiritual development to complement and reinforce each other. Bhutan’s national holidays are no exception to the principles of GNH, and this certainly includes the birthdays of the Kings of Bhutan past and present.

History of Bhutan King’s Day

There have been five kings in Bhutan since 1907, and there is a birthday celebration for most of them. November 11 marks the birthday of the fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

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Posted on 11 Nov 2013 in : Bhutan Holidays,November Holidays


Buddha’s First Sermon

Buddha's First Sermon is a Buddhist observance.

Buddha’s First Sermon Date: July 26

Buddha’s First Sermon is a public holiday in Bhutan.

The full moon in the Gregorian calendar month of July marks Buddha’s first sermon. The day, also known as Chokhor Duchen or Dharma Day is when Buddha taught the four noble truths.

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Posted on 25 Jul 2013 in : Bhutan Holidays,Buddhist Calendar

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