The Meeting of Nine evils
T he meeting of nine evils which is usually celebrated on the 7th day of 11th month of the Bhutanese calendar and considered the most inauspicious day of the year. As the day falls on Sunday this year, it will be convenient to celebrate the day without taking a day off.
While the meeting of nine evils which is locally known as “Nyenpa Guzom “is no more a national holiday but people still refrain from carrying out important work given the belief that nothing good can be achieved on this inauspicious day .
According to Bhutanese astrology, although there is an inauspicious day every month but the most inauspicious day falls on the 11th month of the Bhutanese calendar.
Legend has it say that the demon couple of Pha Dorji Lokthreng and Ma Sasin Barma had one son and four daughters. The eldest brother, Rahula, and four sisters made a journey around a mountain, known as the Ri Gyalpo Rirab. Half way through the journey, they decided to take separate routes.
On the 7th day of the 11th month, Rahula met his sister Drogsing (eldest among the sisters), but he did not know they were siblings. They had an incestuous relationship, which led to the meeting of the nine evils. This was because the day on which the two had the incestuous relationship fell during the meeting of the nine evils, the day considered as the most inauspicious.
The day is celebrated in the eastern part of the country with archery and khuru tourmenent. People take time off from their daily chorus and socialize themselves.
It is the time for the families to get together and celebrate the day.
The belief is that there will be no merit in any good deed done on this day, and any bad deed will gain multiplied negative karma. It is believed that any job done on this day is not going to bear any fruit, and people should not venture outdoors, leave on a journey or begin a new venture.
Nyenpa Guzom went off the national holiday list in 2007 together with Blessed rainy day but Blessed rainy day was reinstated in 2009. As it a very important day in our calendar the concerns authorities might re looking into considering it as a national holiday as we cannot do anything good on this day.
Things have gone rapid changes over the years it becomes the responsibility of each one of us to preserve what has significance in our daily life
As we settle down for the Nyenpa Guzom celebration today, we take this responsibility to keep our tradition alive and enjoy the day with all our hearts.
The year has come to the end and as we leap ahead for the new year, we wish a happy New Year and grand Guen Nyilo.