October 13, 2011 by staff
Bhutan, The fifth Dragon King descended from his throne of gold to lay a wreath of silk on the head of his girlfriend. The monks chanted in celebration and she sat beside him on Thursday, the new queen of the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan.
The wedding of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck his girlfriend plebeian, Jetsun Pema, has captivated a nation that had grown impatient with the lack of their 31 years of age, single king of urgency to take a wife and raise a family as their father retired and handed power to him five years ago.
Thousands of Bhutanese from neighboring villages joined the king and queen at their wedding in a park outside the fortress of the country’s most sacred monastery, where a list of dancers performed traditional routines for the new couple.
“I have longed for this celebration, and here,” said Pema Gyeltshen, a villager near, seeing the dance.
When the king, who has a reputation as a down to earth and the leader of access, asked how it felt to be married, asked her partner if she was married. When she said no, he replied: “It’s great, so you should try it yourself.”
The celebrations began at 8:20 am – a time determined by the royal astrologers – when the king, with the yellow band right in a cloak of gold and red flowers of colors boots, entered the courtyard of the monastery of the century 17 in the ancient capital of Punakha and proceeded up the stairs inside the hospital.
A few minutes later, his 21-year-old bride, daughter of an airline pilot, came to the end of a procession of monks dressed in red robes and carrying the banner across a wooden footbridge over the river wide, blue, next to the fort and continued inside.
Singers sang songs of celebration amid the din of drums and the drone of the long trumpets dhung. Traditional surround wore a skirt with a gold jacket with deep red cuffs.
Inside, the chief cleric of the nation, who presided over the wedding, a ceremony of purification for the couple in front of a massive 100 feet (30 meters) Thongdal tapestry of 17th century founder of Bhutan, the king-monk Zhabdrung .
The couple proceeded to the temple for a ceremony broadcast live on national television, with the exception of a few minutes, when the king, his father and the cleric, known as the Je Khenpo, entered the sacred tomb of Zhabdrung, where only are allowed.
The king’s father gave the bride a series of five colored scarves representing the blessings of the grave. Hesitantly, he approached the king’s throne with a golden cup filled with the ambrosia of eternal life. What holds it together for several seconds and then drank.
The king, wearing his crown of red, with an image of the raven guard increased the top, down from the throne in front of a giant statue of Buddha in gold and placed a crown on the head smaller. After she took her place as queen, the newlywed couple was feted by the monks in deep tones playing traditional trumpets and beating drums.
The Je Khenpo were presented with a series of gifts – a mirror, cottage cheese, grass, shell one – representing the blessings of longevity, wisdom, purity and other good wishes.
There were no foreign princes, not heads of state, not global celebrities. Only the royal family and government officials at the ceremony, thousands of people at the reception and see much of the rest of the country’s 700,000 inhabitants live on television.
King spokesman declined to say how the couple met, even their families knew each other.
The Oxford-educated king is adored by promoting the development and marking the start of democratic reforms that established a constitutional monarchy and the legislature in 2008. His teen-idol looks – hair slicked back and long sideburns – his fondness for the afternoon biking through the streets and his reputation as a relaxed, accessible leader, so do the monarch whose image adorns the bedroom walls rare in teenage girls.
The remote nation began slowly opening to the rest of the world in early 1960. Foreigners and international media were first admitted in 1974. Television finally arrived in 1999.
The country has not had a real wedding from the fourth king held a mass ceremony in 1988 with his four wives – four sisters who had married years before informally. The present king says he will have a single woman, so that the country is unlikely to see another celebration like a long time.
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