The second month of 2017 is already here. It might be the shortest month of the year but it has lots to offer. As February onsets the warmth of spring having endured three cold winter months, it is also time that we fill our heart with warmth of happiness. The lands would be arid no more the harsh frosts will be soon replaced by sparking dew. Nature would regain its vibrancy and soon, spring blossoms would embellish the remains of forgone parched winter. It is time that we open our arms to embrace hopes, to replenish our heart with love and to ecstatically rejoice the February's offer.
February blessed Drukyul not once but twice. Twice, the Crown Prince was born in Bhutan in February. However, February of 2017 would remain more special for our Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck as we celebrate his first birth anniversary on 5th February. A year ago, when we heard that Gyalsey was born, we felt blessed as we could see the continuity of Bhutan's unifying force, the Wangchuck Dynasty. For over hundred years now, our Kings have been the source of wisdom, compassion, valiance, and tremendous foresight so birth of our Gyalsey adds continued hope in our people. The moment is special particularly to my generation of Bhutanese, for having witnessed the birth of Gyelsey.
36 years ago, our parents would have equally felt the jubilation of how we feel now. His Majesty the King was also born in the month of February; 21st February of 1980. Then, our parents would have offered thousands of butter lamps for the celebration of the Birth of Gyalsey and prayed for the good health and successful reign as their future king. Their prayers, we have seen it prevailing with continued peace and progress in the country under His Majesty reign today. So, this February, we are lucky to be celebrating the Birthday of present king and the future king for the first time.
Celebrating such auspicious occasion is not a celebration as a nation but it is the celebration as a family, the family of Drukyul. It is the unwavering love and faith between the two parents that the family prospers. The joys of the children are the joy for the parents. This February we rejoice the values of love and devotion, faith and commitment, the values that keep the family stronger. Our Druk Gyalpo and Gyeltsuen epitomize these sacred values of the family. So in between two auspicious celebrations is also the valentine’s day, which our young lovers fondly celebrate. For the celebration of such day, we should integrate our sacred family values so that romance, like that of our King and Gyaltsuen, can be source of more happiness in our lives.
So, this February will remain fantastically fabulous for our Bhutanese people in general and lovers in particular. Meanwhile, as we are yet to celebrate the first birth day of our Gyelsey, the Future of the Nation, I rejoice will full heart and pray for good health and long life of our Gyelsey and the Druk Gyalpo.