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