Some say 59 years and some say 60 years. The difference in thought could be due to different traditions of counting age as well as the publicised celebration of 60th anniversary of Birth being launched today.
By western system, His Majesty is 59 years and one day old today. By our tradition the King is 60 years old and by Lombo of Haa and Paro, His Majesty would turn 61 years on 21st December, 2014. The King would be joined by His Holiness Jhe Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choedra and Her Majesty Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. The 21st December is also the Day of Winter Solstice as per western calendar though by Bhutanese calendar,the Winter Solstice Nin- Lok is on 2nd January, 2015.
In my life experience, the age of 61 is a pivotal period in the life of a person especially for the man. If one can afford, offer prayers at holy sites or have prayers performed on behalf. Otherwise trust the recitation of Bratsa Guru to see you and your beloved ones through. Lams may retire to the practice of meditation for several months or the whole year. According to sage sayings the changes to life for men occur usually at the early stage of the year whilst for women the later months.
One offer prayers so that changes that occur may be on the brighter side of the life. And for Bhutan as a nation it is important to pray for brighter side for the Kingdom on the triple occasion of the three national figures turning 61 on 21st December,2014. May the Triple Gem Bless His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, His Holiness JheKhen Trulku Jigme Choedra and Her Majesty Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. And may National Deities watch over this year of 60th Birth Anniversary Celebration of the 4th King.
Pelden Drukpa ! Lha-Gyel- Lo !