One of the biggest annual festivals in Bhutan is the Thimphu Tshechu. Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “tenth day” held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country. This year the festival will take place between October 3rd – 5th in the capital city of Thimphu! This festival is in honour of Guru Rimpoche who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. The Tshechu is also considered an occasion for praying and receiving blessings.
The highlight of Thimphu Tshechu is the showcase of ethnic folk dance in colourful costumes performed in the courtyard of the famous Tashichho Dzong. Many of the dances performed at the festival are designed to teach lessons about how one’s behaviour on earth affects the afterlife, while others are believed to influence the actions of the spirits or to purify sacred ground.
To learn more about the Thimphu Tshechu and to see a calender of events in Bhutan, visit the Tourism Council of Bhutan’s website!
Happy Blessed Rainy Day! Marking the end of the monsoon season, Blessed Rainy Day in Bhutan is celebrated this year on September 23rd. According to old Bhutanese beliefs, all the waters in the country are considered holy on this day. Therefore, the citizens are encouraged to take an outdoor bath in order for the past misdeeds and bad karma to be cleansed. This holiday marks the end of the farming season and the start of the harvesting season as well. Government institutions, schools, and businesses are closed during this holiday.
“The SEN Conference gives the opportunity for the schools serving students with special needs to network, discuss, collaborate and learn. This was a great opportunity for me to connect with others around the country implementing a special education program and for me to observe the information presented in order to follow up with training at Khaling.” – Angela Sutton
Much like the scouting organization we have in Canada, the Bhutan Scouts Association is a youth organization providing value-based educational programs to youth in Bhutan. The BSA caters to the needs of young people through numerous activities that focus on helping them to develop personal values to pursue excellence and a positive attitude towards life!
BCF teacher Angela Sutton, who is teaching Special Education at Khaling LSS in Trashigang, was present for the initiation of the scouts this past Saturday!
Happy International Literacy Day! September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day byUNESCO. “Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies.” – www.unesco.org
READ Global shared this 3 minute short film with us about 10 year old Thinley from rural Bhutan, and how libraries are creating a culture of literacy in Bhutan.
BCF teacher Sarah Diamond is currently teaching English at Tshangkha LSS, in Trongsa. This is Sarah’s second year teaching in Bhutan and you can read all about her fun and sometimes humorous adventures here – Sarah Out and Abhut!