High­lander fes­ti­val to ex­hibit cul­ture of high­landers

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The Royal High­lander Fes­ti­val will be or­ga­nized in Laya, Gasa, from 16-18 Oc­to­ber to pro­mote the sus­tain­able liveli­hood of high­landers.

The fes­ti­val is be­ing or­ga­nized to sen­si­tize the high­landers on the de­cline of yak farm­ing with in­creased vul­ner­a­bly from in­stantly shorter in­come gen­er­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties that seem to be chal­leng­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity of liveli­hoods in fu­ture in the high­lands.

The fes­ti­val is also aimed at cre­ate awareness among stake­hold­ers on the im­por­tance of their spir­i­tual par­tic­i­pa­tion in en­hanc­ing their eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity.

It will show­case the high­lander’s in­no­va­tion and ex­hibit the high­lands as a pride of Bhutan. It in­cludes the dis­play of tra­di­tion and cul­ture of high­landers– Au­ley fes­ti­val, tra­di­tional dance com­pe­ti­tion, tra­di­tional games and sport, and cross-coun­try race.

Dif­fer­ent high­land re­lated tech­nolo­gies will be show­cased in ex­hi­bi­tion stalls con­sist­ing of yak prod­ucts, finance and bank­ing ser­vices.

Be­sides con­test and judg­ing of high­land an­i­mals like yaks, house and dog shows will be a spe­cial fea­ture of the fes­ti­val, with judges and public vot­ing to se­lect win­ners.

The three-day fes­ti­val is to help peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence the high­land life­style, tra­di­tional songs and dances, tra­di­tional dress, arts and crafts, and bja (yak fur tents).

The fes­ti­val is ex­pected to bring to­gether high­landers from other parts of Bhutan and coun­tries to ex­change val­ues, knowl­edge, skills and best prac­tices re­lated to high­lands and yak farm­ing.

The Royal High­lander fes­ti­val co­in­cides with the an­nual lo­cal Au­ley, known for the rich tra­di­tional epic poem recita­tion, a tra­di­tion that orig­i­nates from the time of Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyel, the founder of Bhutan.

The fes­ti­val will be also a land­mark ac­tiv- ity of Gasa Dzongkhag’s vi­sion of Good to Great Gasa. The Good to Great Gasa is a vi­sion in­spired by His Majesty’s pas­sion to make our coun­try great.

The fes­ti­val will also cel­e­brate the birth of HRH Gyalsey, 400 years of Zhab­drung Rin­poche’s com­ing to Bhutan and the Rab­jung birth an­niver­sary of Guru Rin­poche.

As part of the fes­ti­val, the Snow­man Run, span­ning 53-kms, open cross-coun­try will be launched.

The ex­cit­ing race has a promis­ing fu­ture due to the stun­ning beauty of the trail, the high al­ti­tude, and dif­fi­culty level, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­nizer.

The race starts on 15 Oc­to­ber from Gasa Tsachu and ends after 28 kms. The sec­ond leg of the race, 25-kms, starts on 16 Oc­to­ber and ends at Lan­gothang, Laya, at the fes­ti­val venue.

The fes­ti­val ex­pects about two thou­sand peo­ple and the race ex­pects to see a max­i­mum of 50 men and 25 women.

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