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National Symbols

National Emblem

NATIONAL EMBLEMThe national emblem is contained in a circle and is composed of a double diamond-thunderbolt or Vajra placed just above a lotus, surmounted by a jewel and framed by two dragons. The thunderbolt symbolizes the harmony existing between secular and religious power, which results from the Buddhist religion in its Vajrayana form. The lotus represents purity; while the jewel stands for sovereign power; and the two dragons, male and female, truly depict the name of the country, declaring it in their great voices to be the Land of Thunder Dragons.

National Flag

Bhutan Flag The upper yellow half of the flag signifies the secular authority of the King. It is the colour of fruitful action in the affairs of both religion and state. The orange half of the flag personifies religious practice: the spiritual power of the Buddhist doctrines manifest in the Kargyupa and Nyingmapa sects. The dragon symbolizes the name of the Kingdom (Druk), and its color the white of purity, is indicative of the loyalty of the country’s many racial and linguistic group. The snarling mouth expresses the stern strength of the male and female deities protecting Bhutan, while the jewels clasped in its claws symbolize the wealth and perfection of the country.

National Flower

Bhutan Flower Blue poppy or Meconopsis grandis, which grows at high altitudes of the alpine meadows of Himalayas, is the national flower of Bhutan. The blue poppy is pretty and delicate in appearance and has the power to endure harsh weather, especially winter, and blooms to its full beauty in spring.

National Tree

Bhutan Tree Cypress or Cupressus torulosa is the National Tree of Bhutan. Locally, it is known as ‘Tsenden’. It is also referred to as Bhutan Cypress or Himalayan Cypress. Bhutanese consider the cypress tree sacred and hold it in great reverence. Its ability to survive in difficult, rugged and harsh terrains and the strong and straight form is believed to be akin to the element of simplicity, hardiness and bravery in the people of Bhutan. Cypress is often planted outside monasteries, dzongs and religious places and its wood and branches has been used as incense for thousands of years. It is often found at 1800-300 m in the Himalayas and need a lot of sunrays. They thrive well in tropical and subtropical rainforests, preferably with calcareous substrates.

Cypress is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 45 m of height and its trunk can have a diameter of 90 cm.

National Bird

Bhutan Bird
The national bird is the Raven. It ornaments the royal crown. Raven represents the deity Gonpo Jarodongchen (raven headed Mahakala), one of the chief guardian deities of Bhutan.

National Animal

Bhutan Animal The national animal is the Takin or burdorcas taxicolor that is associated with religious history and mythology. It is a very rare mammal with a thick neck and short muscular legs. It lives in groups and is found in places above 4,000 meters high on the north-western and far north eastern parts of the country. They feed on bamboos. The adult takin can weigh over 200 kgs.

National Dress

Bhutan Dress Men wear a heavy knee-length robe tied with a belt, called a gho, folded in such a way to form a pocket in front of the stomach. Women wear colorful blouses over which they fold and clasp a large rectangular cloth called a kira, thereby creating an ankle-length dress. This forms a large pouch above that may be used to contain particular items, traditionally a bowl and betel nut. It was introduced during the 17th century by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to give the Bhutanese a unique identity. A short silk jacket or tego may be worn over the kira. All Bhutanese citizens are required to observe the national dress code, known as Driglam Namzha, while in official public gathering.