Bhutanese ob­serves Nyenpa Gu­zom

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The Nyenpa Gu­zom or the meet­ing of the nine evils falls on sev­enth day of 11th month of the Bhutanese cal­en­dar.

Nyenpa Gu­zom is no more a na­tional hol­i­day, but is cel­e­brated mostly by the east­ern region peo­ple. They avoid their daily works as they be­lief that noth­ing good can be achieved on that day.

Pema, Monk of Dechen Pho­drang said that the ac­tual as­tro­log­i­cal pe­riod of Nyenpa Gu­zom starts some­time in the af­ter­noon of the sixth day.

He also said that there was a de­mon cou­ple called Pha Dorji Lok­threng and Ma Sasin Barma who had a son and four daugh­ters.

Later in the course of time, sib­ling got sep­a­rated. Af­ter a long time, the el­dest brother Rahula went in search­ing of youngest sis­ter.

Brother went from right of the Rhi Gyalpo Ri- Rab ( king of the moun­tain) while youngest sis­ter came from left side of the moun­tain.

Af­ter a year they met be­hind the moun­tain on 7th day of 11th month, but they did not rec­og­nize each other which re­sulted into im­pure re­la­tion be­tween brother and sis­ter.

Their im­pu­rity re­la­tion­ship be­lieved to pol­lute the el­e­ments and at­mos­phere of the earth and caused an in­nu­mer­able of evil things.

Thus, ac­cord­ing to such read­ing, Nyenpa Gu­zom is the day of nine evils.

The day is be­lieved to be at a low point even if the peo­ple per­formed pos­i­tive force.

As­trologer also said that the day doesn’t mean to do evil deeds. The only thing is, pos­i­tive ac­tiv­i­ties are be­lieved to sup­press by bad evils on the day. He added.

Bhutanese tra­di­tion­ally spend the day par­ty­ing and play­ing. Peo­ple do not en­gage them­selves in su­pe­rior ac­tiv­i­ties.

He also sup­ple­ment that, the next day of Nyenpa Gu­zom is be­lieved to coun­ter­vail by Zangpo Chu­zom or the Ten Gods.

The so­cio- cul­tural ben­e­fit of the day is that it brought fam­i­lies, friends and rel­a­tives to­gether in eat­ing and play­ing.

Duba, 51, said that the day pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage in neg­a­tive and harm­ful ac­tiv­i­ties with a be­lieved that any evil is ac­cept­able on the day.

How­ever, Samten, monk said, “There are no wrong do­ings of con­duct­ing pos­i­tive ac­tiv­i­ties in daily ac­tiv­i­ties”.

Peo­ple re­strain them­selves from pos­i­tive ac­tions like em­pow­er­ment, en­throne­ment and trade rather keeps on rest­ing at home or either play­ing games and sports.

Nyenpa Gu­zom went off the na­tional hol­i­day list from 2007.

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