Bhutan is observing its 112th national day today – a day of respect to the first Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan, Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck, who in 1907 unified the nation. Observing the day, the Bhutanese national flag was unfurled in Federation Square, Melbourne today.
The flag was hoisted amidst a formal program, and in attendance of members of the Australian Bhutanese community and other dignitaries. The visiting dignitaries included Viv Nguyen, Chairperson of Victorian Multicultural Commission as the chief guest, Josh Bull MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs, Meng Heang Tak MP, Chandra Yonzon, Hon. Consul. General of Nepal to Victoria amongst others.
The program was organised jointly by Help-Himalayan Youth Foundation and the Bhutanese Community in Australia. Speaking at the program, Parshuram Luitel, an active community leader of the Bhutanese community said ‘they were gathered here to pay their respect to their country of origin’.
“Today Bhutan is seen as a progressive country with its diaspora spread across the world who represent Bhutan in their own small ways”. He also thanked the Australian government for its continued support in helping them call Australia their home.
Addressing the function, Vivienne Nguyen and Josh Bull MP congratulated Bhutan and the community on their 112th national day, and said they were proud to be a part of the celebrations.