The Meet­ing of Nine evils

Bhutan Times - - Editorial - Chair­per­son : Phub Zam CeO: N.B. Ghal­ley ed­i­tor : Sonam Tashi Mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive: Sonam Cho­den Se­nior Graphic De­signer: Kelden Wangdi rev­enue & Billing: Pri­tam Kumar Cir­cu­la­tion & Sub­scrip­tion: Tandin Pen­jor : 1365, Changzam­tog, Thimphu Tele­phon

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.

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