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National Day
Bhutan

National Day 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Bhutan

Bhutan celebrates its National Day on 17 December, in commemoration of the day in 1907 when Gongsar Wangchuk was crowned the first king over a united Bhutan. This day is celebrated because it launched Bhutan into an era of peace and prosperity after having been embroiled in a long civil war.

YearDateDayHoliday
202017 DecThuNational Day
202117 DecFriNational Day
202217 DecSatNational Day
202317 DecSunNational Day
202417 DecTueNational Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

In the early 1600’s, a Tibetan king had ruled over Bhutan, but after his death, the country was divided into competing smaller kingdoms. Wangchuk and his father struggled in a civil war from the 1860’s. By 1907, Wangchuk had vanquished his competitors and became king of Bhutan.

On National Day in Bhutan, the reigning king and a statue of Wangchuk take part in a parade at the national stadium. Great crowds gather for the events of the day. There is a flag-raising ceremony, and there are also various Buddhist religious ceremonies at temples. Flowers and lit candles are central to some of the ceremonies, and the whole nation watches many of these events via television.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
201917 DecTueNational Day
201817 DecMonNational Day
201717 DecSunNational Day