The hues and prayers suffused with the bright February sun at the Trashichhodzong courtyard in Thimphu. Chants and cymbals in the background heightened the spiritual ambience.
As Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering shared the stories of a magnanimous monarch and his profound deeds for the nation and the people, it appeared almost mystical. And yet, this is so real. This is a nation celebrating the birth anniversary of a loved and revered King.
The event, though limited in attendance within the COVID-19 norms, was streamed live on all media channels.
But alongside the broadcast, the jovial spirit pervaded across the country, as every home and monasteries, and Bhutanese communities over the world, lit butter lamps and offered prayers in celebration of the day. His Majesty turns 41 today.