Bhutanese observes Nyenpa Guzom
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.