Her Majesty Gya­lyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck graces the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the ‘Bhutan Week’

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At the in­vi­ta­tion of the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, Her Majesty Gya­lyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck graced the open­ing cer­e­mony of the ‘ Bhutan Week’ on 23rd Septem­ber 2018 as chief guest along with Shri Venka­iah Naidu, Vice- Pres­i­dent of In­dia. Her Majesty was ac­com­pa­nied by the Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary, the For­eign Sec­re­tary and other se­nior of­fi­cials.

2018 marks the 50th An­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of for­mal diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Bhutan and In­dia. As part of the 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, ‘ Bhutan Week’ is be­ing or­ga­nized by 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) at IGNCA Com­plex in New Delhi.

The ‘ Bhutan Week’ is the big­gest event on Bhutan ever held in In­dia with a cross- sec­tion of 300 par­tic­i­pants from Bhutan who will show­case Bhutan’s rich cul­ture and the Bhutanese way of life.

The main ob­jec­tive of Bhutan Week are to cel­e­brate the spe­cial friend­ship be­tween Bhu- tan 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- to- busi­ness 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 cross- sec­tion 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.

The fes­ti­val will end to­day.

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