The Royal Wedding!

The fifth King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck has just took his first. This entire weekend will is a holiday in Bhutan, with every village and city celebrating the royal wedding. Today the King has been formally wed in Punakha, the religious capital of Bhutan. Tomorrow he will travel to Paro and celebrate there, before returning to Thimphu for the final festivities.

Everyone in Thimphu is preparing for the celebrations. Bhutan’s flag, vibrant orange and yellow, with a dragon in the center, is hanging everywhere. Massive portraits of the King and his new wife are hung on storefronts, on street lights and on pretty much any surface available. The stadium in Thimphu is being prepared: on Saturday the Royal couple will arrive and celebrate with the people. There will be dancing, praying, drinking and eating–all the essentials for a good time.

Most Bhutanese I’ve spoken to told me they will most likely just watch the ceremonies from the comfort of their homes, on TV. The crowds,they say, will be unbearable. The way I see it, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that may well be worth the effort. If I want a seat at the stadium, I’ve been warned, I may want to arrive there by 4AM.

Anyone down for an early morning journey?

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