Bhutanese ob­serves the tra­di­tional day of of­fer­ing

Bhutan Times - - Home - Sonam Wangmo

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.

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