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The Bhutanese blue poppy has been declared a separate species different from its yellow-coloured cousins found in Sikkim and Nepal. The Bhutanese plants are named separately as Meconopsis bhutanica. This flower is a unique and rare one that grows at a high alitude on rocks and moraine dams, and produces a series of leaves over the years and then only flowers. This beautiful highland flower has four to five petals and is blue-purple in color.
Botanists, Toshio Yoshida from Japan and […]

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Happy (Bhutan) Canada Day!

Bhutan Canada 07-02-2012

We here at the Bhutan Canada Foundation hope that all of our fellow Canadians are enjoying their Canada Day Monday! 
To celebrate Canada Day, we thought we’d tell you a little about Canada’s relationship and history with Bhutan. Enjoy!
The relationship first began when Father William Joseph Mackey S.J., a Canadian Jesuit priest, was invited by the King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, to become an educator in Bhutan as part of the country’s ongoing modernization efforts.
Father Mackey had […]

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Bhutan Fun Facts: Chillies of Bhutan

Bhutan Canada 05-30-2012

Today we’re letting you in on something that is a key component of Bhutanese life – chillies! Chillies are incorporated into many dishes in Bhutan, and can be found at breakfast, lunch, and dinner as a vegetable, not as a means of spicing. Some believe that Bhutan’s obsession with the vegetable traditionally stemmed from the need to keep warm, but even with modern heating chillies still remain a favourite!

Red chillies drying outside. Photo Credit: M-J Adelman

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Today we’re introducing a new blog series – Bhutan Fun Facts. Over the next four weeks, we’ll let you in on some interesting facts that you might not know about Bhutan! To start, we’ll be highlighting some of Bhutan’s weird and wonderful animals!

Takin

Bhutan’s national animal, this strange looking creature has a mythical story. It is believed that in the 15th century, the “Divine Madman,” Saint Drukpa Kuenley, created the takin while at a congregation of his […]

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A Great Place to Be

Bhutan Canada 11-11-2010

Former WUSC teacher and current BCF supporter Peter Bowen shares his stories of life in the field 25 years ago: 

The “great place” of the title was Sherubtse College in 1985, where I was posted to teach. 

At that time, 3 other Canadians were also there: one, Fr. Gerald Leclaire, was the Principal; another, Fr. John Legge, taught Physics; and the third, Jack McManus, taught English. (All were part of the Jesuit contingent in that part of South Asia.) My subject […]

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Bhutan: A Country Overview

Bhutan Canada 09-01-2010

Great information on Bhutan from the World Bank. Have a read!

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Sowing the seeds of modern Bhutan

Bhutan Canada 07-12-2010

In this series of articles published by Bhutan’s English language newspaper, Kuensel, author Tshering Tashi explains the foundations of modern Bhutanese society, as outlined in a letter from King Ugyen Wangchuk, dated 1921.
Click HERE to read Photo credit: National Geographic Society

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Guru Rimpoche Day!

Bhutan Canada 06-21-2010

Today Bhutan celebrates the birth of Guru Rimpoche, also known as Guru Padmasambhava, an Indian sage who travelled to Bhutan in the 8th century to establish Tantric Buddhism. He is regarded as the 2nd incarnation of Buddha.

According to legend, Guru Rimpoche flew to the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave on the back of Yeshe Tsogyal, a semi-mythical female deity or figure of enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism, whom he transformed into a flying tigress for […]

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