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Bhutanese in Norway participate in National Day Celebration

Resettled Bhutanese people in Norway participated in National Day Celebration programs organised in different parts of the country today.

Participants in the program. Photo/Marek

For the first time after being resettled, Bhutanese people in western Norway have also made a formal participation in people’s parade organised regionally in Haugesund, a central city in western Norway. “We felt the importance of this sort of participation as an accessory means to be integrated in the society we are living today”, Rohit Pokharel said. Pokharel, who is also the president of Association of Bhutanese in Norway-Rogaland Working Committee, called for the participation of Bhutanese people in people’s parade.

“We are proud to get a country for which we stood together after spending many years in refugee camp”, Pokharel added. Majority of Bhutanese participated in the celebration, either in people’s parade or in the programs organised in schools or municipalities.

Laxmi Dhital (Girls in the band, first from the right). Photo/Kopila Gautam

Laxmi Dhital, a Bhutanese child of 10 years was selected for a school band which played music for the entire parade teams.

May 17, which is observed as Norwegian national day, is the day on which the constitution of Norway was signed in the year 1814 which declared Norway as an independent nation after remaining in union with Denmark and Sweden for many centuries.

Contributed by Ramesh Gautam from Norway for BNS.

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