Bhutanese observes the traditional day of offering
Every first day of the 12th lunar month is celebrated as the Traditional Day of Offering ( Buelwai Nyim). It falls on 28 of January, this year.
The day is most popular to Eastern region of Bhutan and called as Sharchopa Losar. It is said to be the thanks giving day.
According to the astrologer Sangay, said tha the traditional day of offering is the day to express the gratiude to Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the famous unifier of country and culture during 17 Century.
He also said that the day was fully dedicated to Zhabdung to expressed love and devotion.
He narrated that before, representatives from locality would carry the year’s harvest and production to Punakha where Zhabdrung used to be there.
He added that the offering sparkled off 15 days of celebration. He also said that the day also puts a focus on charity.
How ever, in the eastern region of Bhutan observes the day as new year. It also considered to welcome the new agricultural season whereby farmers begins the activities by preparing their field for the new farming cycle.
Families and entire communities, feast and enjoy traditional sports like archery, digor and khuru.
Cheku, 45 from Mongar said that he do not have any idea of story that related Zhabdrung and the day, rather he added that it is the day to have special food and for traditional sports.
The day brings families, relatives and friends together to have special food and to play various games.
The losar, especially for food, the families would start the day with rice porridge, tea with snacks. Then after a while, multiple items make up the menu for lunch and dinner.
Although the day is believed for offerings to Zhabdrung, people try to prepare as much as more food and meat items during the day which also believed that it is the day to have special varieties of food.
The eastern region people believes that the day is the first upcoming year. People wears finest clothes and have special food because it is said that, what happened during the day is going to be happen for the following days and months.
The government offices and institutions are closed on the traditional day of offering.