Birthday of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in Bhutan Date in the current year: November 11, 2016

Birthday of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in Bhutan The birthday of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck is a public holiday celebrated in Bhutan on November 11. It was instituted when Jigme Singye Wangchuck ascended the throne as the 4th Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King) in 1972. The holiday is also known as Constitution Day.

Jigme Singye Wangchuck is the father of the incumbent King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. He was born on November 11, 1955 and succeeded to the throne at the age of 16, following the death of his father.

During the reign of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, Bhutan saw enormous progress due to modernization. The King ended total isolation of Bhutan by joining many regional cooperative bodies. Bhutan straightened its relations with neighboring states and even became a founding member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

The birthday of the 4th Druk Gyalpo is also celebrated as Constitution Day because Jigme Singye Wangchuck initiated the development of the Constitution of Bhutan. The Constitution was adopted in 2008, after seven years of drafting. It is regarded as an exemplary stride towards democracy, as the King changed the country's political system from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy.

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