Bhutan week to start from next week in New Delhi

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This year marks the 50th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of for­mal diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Bhutan and In­dia. A se­ries of year-long ac­tiv­i­ties are be­ing held in Bhutan and In­dia to cel­e­brate 50 years of friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion, and also to chart a new chap­ter of friend­ship for another mean­ing­ful 50 years and beyond.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, in or­der to mark the cel­e­bra­tion, the Royal Bhutanese Em­bassy in New Delhi in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs of In­dia, the In­dian Coun­cil of Cul­tural Re­la­tions and the Indira Gandhi National Cen­tre for the Arts (IGNCA) will be or­ga­niz­ing the Bhutan Week at IGNCA Com­plex in New Delhi, from 23rd to 30th Septem­ber 2018. The Bhutan Week is mainly geared for the peo­ple of In­dia and will also be open to other vis­i­tors.

The main ob­jec­tive of Bhutan Week are to cel­e­brate the spe­cial friend­ship be­tween Bhutan and In­dia; gen­er­ate greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion in In­dia for Bhutan as a gen­uine and friendly neigh­bour of In­dia; pro­mote Bhutan's rich cul­ture and the Bhutanese way of life; and pro­mote greater peo­ple-to-peo­ple re­la­tions and ex­pand busi­ness-to­busi­ness re­la­tions be­tween Bhutan and In­dia.

While cul­tural, re­li­gious and his­tor­i­cal ties and peo­ple-to-peo­ple re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and Bhutan ex­isted over many cen­turies, it is only 50 years since the two coun­tries es­tab­lished for­mal diplo­matic re­la­tions. There­fore, it is ex­pected that the Bhutan Week would be a timely cel­e­bra­tion of the spe­cial friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Bhutan and In­dia. It will help to fur­ther gen­er­ate greater aware­ness and ap­pre­ci­a­tion in In­dia of the cul­ture, tra­di­tions and the way of life in Bhutan.

The Bhutan Week will be the largest and most com­pre­hen­sive event on Bhutan ever held in In­dia. The event will have a cross­sec­tion of 300 par­tic­i­pants from Bhutan who will show­case Bhutan's rich cul­ture and the Bhutanese way of life. The Bhutan Week will have 15 themes in­clud­ing Bhutan's 13 forms of arts and crafts, mask and folk dances, liv­ing spir­i­tual her­itage, Bhutanese films, cui­sine, fash­ion, trade, con­tem­po­rary art, tourism, Bhutanese tex­tiles and emerg­ing fash­ion, Bhutanese high­land cul­ture, tra­di­tional medicine, photo ex­hi­bi­tion and sev­eral other in­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Vis­i­tors will have an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the events to learn, sing, dance, and taste Bhutanese food. These events will also give stu­dents, youth, and the friendly peo­ple of In­dia in­sights into Bhutan's tan­gi­ble as well as in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage, cre­at­ing a plat­form for ex­change of ideas and the pro­mo­tion of friend­ship. The Bhutan Week will also be an op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce and mar­ket Bhutan's au­then­tic arts and crafts, food, tex­tile and other or­ganic and home-grown agri­cul­tural pro­duce and en­hance busi­ness-to-busi­ness link­ages.

Each day's pro­gram will be­gin at 10 AM and carry on un­til 6 PM, but will be ex­tend­able if there are night events.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, the gov­ern­ment is con­fi­dent that the hold­ing of a well-or­ga­nized and com­pre­hen­sive Bhutan Week in In­dia would not only be be­fit­ting for the golden ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions, but would also con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to fur­ther strength­en­ing the spe­cial re­la­tions be­tween the peo­ples and gov­ern­ments of Bhutan and In­dia.

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