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NATIONAL SYMBOL OF BHUTAN

National Flag

The national flag is divided into 2 halves. The upper yellow signifies the secular power and authority of the king while the lower saffron - orange symbolizes the practice of religion and the power of buddhism, menifested in the tradition of Drukpa Kagyud. The dragon signifies the name and the purity of the country while the jewels in the claws of dragon stands for the wealth and the perfection of the country.


National Bird

The national bird of Bhutan is the bird Raven. It adorns the royal crown. The Raven represents the deity Jarogdongchen who is one of the main deity of Bhutan


National Animal

The national animal is Takin(Burdorcastaxicolor) that is associated with religious history and mythology. It is a very rare animal with a thick neck and short muscular legs. It lives in group and is found above 4000 meters on the north western and far north eastern parts of the country. They feed on bamboo.


National Tree

The national tree is the cypress(Cupressustorolusa). Cypress are found in abundance and one may notice large cypress near temples and monastries. This tree is found in temperate climate zone between 1800 and 3500 meters.


National Emblem

The National Emblem of Bhutan is a circle that projects a double diamond thunderbolt placed above the lotus. There is a jewel on all sides with two dragons on the vertical sides. The thunderbolt represent harmony and peace between secular and religious power while the lotus symbolize purity. The jewel signifies the sovereign power while two dragons(male & female) symbolize the name of the country Druk or the Land of the thunder Dragon.

National Sport

Archery is the national sport of Bhutan. Archery was declared as the national sport of Bhutan in 1971 when Bhutan became a member of (UNO)United Nation Organization. Archery tornaments and competitions are held throughout the country. Archery is played during public holidays, religious purpose, local festivals(tshechu) and in other special events.

National Flower

The national flower is the Blue Poppy(Meconopsis Grandis). It is a delicate blue or purple tinged blossom with a white filament. It grows to the height of 1 meter and is found above the tree line(3500-4000 meters) on rocky mountain terrain. It was discovered in 1933 by British Botanist, George Sherriff in a remote part of Sakteng in eastern Bhutan.



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