Culture and Tradition

Culture and Tradition
Despite being one of the smallest countries in the world, Bhutan has a rich and diverse culture. Though Bhutanese culture is deeply rooted in Buddhism, the country’s constitution allows freedom of religion.

Birth

Bhutanese regard children as the future and do not discriminate on the basis of gender. As per traditional beliefs, mothers are kept away from guests and outsiders for the first three days after a child’s birth as the house is considered polluted. The mother and child are then taken to a local temple to seek blessings from the local deity. Children’s names are usually associated with a local deity.

Marriage

Cross cousin marriage is a well known, but dying tradition in eastern Bhutan. Marriages here are simple affairs here. Nevertheless, a lot of rituals are performed to ensure a lasting union between a couple. As the ritual comes to an end, parents and relatives present the bride and bridegroom with gifts and traditional offerings in the form of scarves.

Funeral

Death here is regarded as re-birth. People perform elaborate rituals to ensure the safe passage of a soul. Deceased are usually cremated. However, in southern Bhutan, people bury the death while Brokpas feed the dead body to vultures. Flags are erected in the name of the deceased and rituals performed on 7th, 14th, 21st and 49th day.

Bhutanese dress

Bhutanese people are known for their unique style of dressing. The Gho worn by men here touches the knee, while Kira, worn by women touches the ankles. Men usually fold the Gho and tie it to their waist with a belt known as Kera. As per tradition, it is compulsory to wear scarves while visiting Dzongs.

Cuisine

Bhutanese cuisine is simple and normally consists of s chilli item, cheese(Etma Dashi), rice, pork or beef curry and lentils.

Festivals

Each village in Bhutan celebrates distinct festivals of their own. But the most popular festival throughout the country is Tshechu. During this festival, people wear their finest clothes and assemble in temples and monasteries to witness the celebrations. Tshechus are occasions that signify major events in the life of the second Buddha, Guru Rinpoche(the precious gem). Different types of mask dances are performed along with songs for three days. People share delicacies with pork, Etma Dashi, red rice and Ara, a type of traditional wine.

 


Testimonials Sometimes a packaged holiday comes so much with a predefined set of takeaways, but The Destination Bhutan offered so much freedom of choice that it did not feel like a packaged holiday at all.


KH Zaman
Buffalo, New York



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