The Festivals of Bhutan Part 4

Thimphu Drubchen

Masked Dancers performing during the Thimphu Drubchen. Image: Gelay Jamtsho

Bhutan is as unique a country as is any other country, with some features that set it apart from others. The government’s official position is that Gross National Happiness (GNH) is more important than Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Continue reading

The Festivals of Bhutan Part 2

Dancing Demons st the festival. Image: flickr/Carsten ten Brink

Dancing Demons st the festival. Image: flickr/Carsten ten Brink

Bhutan may be a small kingdom but it surely has a lot of festivals. These are mostly religious in nature and are called tshechus. Tshechu means the “tenth day” of a month of the lunar calendar, a day when Guru Rimpoche’s birthday is celebrated. -<!-more

The Black-Necked Crane Festival, Bhutan

Festival of Bhutan

Black-Necked Crane Festival. Image: flickr/Doug Knuth

You know, it’s hard to stand out in a crowd, especially if the crowd happens to be that of birds, since the species comes in an amazing array of colors, the plumage of one species outshining another’s. Well, the peacock is of course the undisputed leader among all birds in this field, and there are other like the Himalayan pheasants whose richly colored feather are a sight to behold. Continue reading