The story of this royal couple of Bhutan...
The incredible textiles that were woven for the wedding kira and the weavers who vied for the honor. The textiles that decorated the village and its people.
The crowns of thread worn by the king...
And now, the queen...
The fact that no foreign diginitaries were invited...the king wanted to keep it simple and traditional. Just a king, his bride, the buddhist monks, and his people.
The fact that thousands of Bhutanese citizens walked for hours in the cold to attend...to celebrate love and the marriage of their accessible king...the king whose father was the only monarch to voluntarily abdicate his throne to democracy (unsolicited).
And this is my favorite picture I found on the Queen's facebook page (go figure). It's the day before the wedding and the couple was on their way to receive an official blessing.
I think they found it in the offerings of the people.
Bhutan, one of the most remote and insular places on earth, was the inventor of the Gross National Happiness Index (GNH). I find many of the news reporters today are almost laughing when they mention that fact in their royal wedding coverage. As if it's silly to even imagine such a thing.
But here are the Four Pillars of Gross National Happiness in Bhutan:
- Sustainable development
- Environmental protection
- Cultural preservation
- Good governance
Now that's inspiring.
I hope big happiness comes to this small nation so the rest of us can learn from them.
My trip to NYC with Shirlee could be titled "Treasure Trove Unearthed".
I'll tell you about that tomorrow *wink*
Happy day everyone!