Beldangi I, Dec 17: Swalambi Kirat Pariwars and Trikod Sha Pariwar , a cultural wing of two of the Kirat religious groups in refugee camp observed 17 December as the National Day with various cultural show and national dance here today.
Amidst the divided opinion among Bhutanese on observing 17 December as the National Day of Bhutan, these two groups marked and highlighted the importance of the day in exile. A dance and song competition was also a part of the celebration.
Nar Bahadur Rai chaired the celebration while T.B Gurung, the secretary of Beldangi I camp , was the chief guest. Prakash Angedembe, a local writer and poet, and D.B Saru Magar, famous Bhutanese artist were the special guests among others. Father Peter J Lepcha SJ spoke on the importance of 17 December as the National Day of Bhutan.
17 December is officially regarded as the National Day of Bhutan which marks the ascending of throne by the first King, Ugyen Wangchuck in 1907 after abolishing the Shabdrung, the then liberal and theocratic ruler.