Traditional Day of Offering…for the people

Today, the 1st day of the 12th month, is celebrated as buelwa phuewi nyim – the traditional day of offering. The tradition of people making offerings to the Dratshang on this day seems to have been popularized as an expression of love, devotion and loyalty to Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Today is also celebrated as chunipai losar – a new year. Families and entire communities, especially in Eastern Bhutan, feast and enjoy traditional sports together for several days to welcome the new agricultural season. At the end of these non-stop festivities farmers begin the hard work of preparing their fields for the new farming cycle.

So let’s celebrate. Then get down to hard work. And there’s plenty of that in the new democratic Bhutan where offerings – of services and fulfilled promises – must be made to the people, not by them. Our King and our Constitution demand nothing less.

Chunipai losar-gi tashidelek!

Happy Lomba

My mother is a Khengpa and dad is a Haap. So our family has always celebrated both New Years.

Haaps (and Parops) celebrate Lomba, their new year, on the 29th day of the 10th month – that was yesterday.

Celebrating Lomba means eating huge quantities of hoentoe – buckwheat dumplings stuffed with dried turnip-greens, cheese and lots of butter. Good stuff.

Lomba also means sharing this delicacy with friends as an expression of one’s love, affection and loyalty to them.

All this means backbreaking work for Tashi, my long-suffering wife. Lomba would, indeed, be difficult without her!

I wish everyone Lomba Tashi Delek!