A Lo­lay recita­tion be­fore His Majesty The King and Her Majesty to mark Ny­ilo

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2 Jan­uary 2015: A group of chil­dren from schools in Thimphu re­cited lo­lay to mark Ny­ilo, (Win­ter Sol­stice in the lu­nar cal­en­dar) be­fore His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen at the Lingkana Palace.

Ny­ilo (mark­ing the re­turn of longer days ac­cord­ing to the lu­nar cal­en­dar) is tra­di­tion­ally ob­served as the New Year, co­in­cid­ing with the an­nual har­vest in parts of Western Bhutan. Lo­lay is the recita­tion of a tra­di­tional song with wishes for a happy and boun­ti­ful new year. Chil­dren are be­lieved to be har­bin­gers of good for­tune, and their recita­tion of lo­lay con­sists of wishes spe­cific to ev­ery com­po­nent of a tra­di­tional Bhutanese home from the ground to the tip.

The chil­dren go from house to house, singing wishes to usher in a pros­per­ous new year, and are granted gift.

The Folk Her­itage Mu­seum, in­au­gu­rated un­der the aus­pices of Her Majesty Gya­lyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, or­ga­nizes an an­nual recita­tion of lo­lay on Ny­ilo in an ef­fort to re­vi­tal­ize the spe­cial tra­di­tion.

For the past few years, chil­dren in Thimphu have cel­e­brated Ny­ilo ev­ery year with a lo­lay recita­tion be­fore Their Majesties at the Lingkana Palace.

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