Druk Wangyal Tshechu brings com­mu­ni­ties to­gether

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Thou­sands of peo­ple from across the coun­try and many tourists at­tended the Druk Wangyal Tshechu on 13 De­cem­ber.

Druk Wangyal Tshechu is a sig­nif­i­cant an­nual event that brings to­gether all the Bhutanese com­mu­ni­ties to wit­ness re­li­gious and col­or­ful tra­di­tional dances, re­ceive bless­ings and to so­cial­ize.

It is one of the big­gest and most col­or­ful an­nual fes­ti­vals in the coun­try tak­ing place at Dochula, one of the most scenic lo­ca­tions in the coun­try.

The most pop­u­lar dances per­formed at the fes­ti­val were the dance of Jet­sun Mi­larepa, the 11th cen­tury Bud­dhist mys­ti­cal saint, and the dance de­pict­ing the he­roes.

Ev­ery mask dance per­formed at the tshechu has a spe­cial mean­ing or a story based on the re­li­gion.

The fes­ti­val was ini­ti­ated in 2011 by Her Majesty Gya­lyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in com­mem­o­ra­tion of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s and the armed forces’ vic­tory over In­dian in­sur­gents set­tled in south­ern jun­gles of Bhutan in 2003.

In a re­mark­able show of ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 2003 per­son­ally led the military op­er­a­tion in the south­ern part of the coun­try and flushed the In­dian mil­i­tants out in three days.

The tshechu is held in honor of the coura­geous ser­vice of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo who per­son­ally led the troops against the in­sur­gents and the reg­u­lar armed forces of the coun­try.

The day was an op­por­tu­nity to pay hum­ble re­spects to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and mem­bers of the armed forces for se­cur­ing peace and se­cu­rity dur­ing the dif­fi­cult time.

The Chair­per­son of Na­tional Coun­cil, Dasho Sonam Kinga wrote on his Face­book page that the day was to re­mem­ber the ul­ti­mate and heroic sac­ri­fices made by some of the soldiers. “We must never for­get the hero­ism and lead­er­ship of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the brav­ery with which our soldiers fought.”

Wit­ness­ing the dances and re­ceiv­ing bless­ings are be­lieved to re­move sins and take one closer to­wards at­tain­ing nir­vana or en­light­en­ment.

It is also be­lieved that one gains merit by at­tend­ing fes­ti­vals such as this. The dances in­voke the deities to wipe out mis­for­tunes, in­crease good luck and grant per­sonal wishes.

In ad­di­tion to the mask dances, the tshechu presents col­or­ful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.

Druk Wangyal Lhakhang where the tshechu takes place was built over the pe­riod of four years from 2004 un­til 2008 un­der the vi­sion and pa­tron­age of Her Majesty the Queen Mother.

Be­sides the mem­bers of the pub­lic, Her Majesty the Gya­lyum, Her Royal High­ness Princes Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, prime min­is­ter, cabi­net min­is­ters, of­fi­cials of the armed forces and other dig­ni­taries at­tended the fes­ti­val.

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