Bring­ing high­land com­mu­ni­ties to­gether

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

T he third Royal High­land Fes­ti­val ended just a few days back in Laya. It brought to­gether all high­land com­mu­ni­ties of Bhutan in Laya. The fes­ti­val was a unique op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tor to Bhutan, as well as to the Bhutanese, to ex­pe­ri­ence the high­land way of life.

The main ob­jec­tive of the fes­ti­val is to high­light the im­por­tance of the high­landers and their life­style for the so­cial, po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic well be­ing and se­cu­rity of the na­tion. The fes­ti­val also helps to pre­serve and pro­mote unique cul­ture, arts and crafts of the high­landers.

The fes­ti­val is de­signed to pro­mote and at­tract tour op­er­a­tors in devel­op­ing our high­land as hot tourist des­ti­na­tion.

The fes­ti­val en­ables the high­land com­mu­ni­ties to so­cial­ize and ex­change their cul­ture her­itages. And for the out­siders, it was per­haps the best way to ex­pe­ri­ence the amaz­ing cul­ture of high­land com­mu­ni­ties.

This year's strong women com­pe­ti­tion and wrestling amongst par­tic­i­pat­ing high­landers Dzongkhag was the high­light of the fes­ti­val. The par­tic­i­pants in the fes­ti­val were also pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to take part in the open five km cross coun­try race in and around the fes­ti­val ground.

The two days fes­ti­val gave op­por­tu­ni­ties to earn from home stays owned by the Layaps. All vis­i­tors, in­clud­ing chief guest lodged in home stays ex­cept for some of­fi­cials and tourists.

While mak­ing money from home stays would bring a new life to the vil­lagers. The gen­tle hills above the Laya vil­lage, the fes­ti­val venue lies at an al­ti­tude of 4,100m above sea level where the stalls were housed in tra­di­tional woolen tents.

The fes­ti­val is or­ga­nized by Gasa Dzongkhag to pro­mote the sus­tain­able liveli­hood of high­land com­mu­ni­ties and to sup­port in pro­mot­ing and con­serv­ing our age old tra­di­tions.

The Royal High­land Fes­ti­val started in 2016 and His Majesty The King has per­son­ally graced the first and sec­ond edi­tion of the fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val aims at pro­mot­ing a vi­brant Bhutanese high­land which is well con­versed in cul­ture, tra­di­tion and val­ues with a de­vel­oped so­cio- eco­nomic con­di­tion.

The main aim of the fes­ti­val was to bring the high­landers to­gether and know them well. It is just the be­gin­ning and with the or­ga­ni­za­tion of more of such events, we will know each other well and will help in fos­ter­ing peace and har­mony in the so­ci­ety. Not only that the high­landers felt the im­por­tance given to them but also will re­new their ef­forts in car­ry­ing out the de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in their area and in safe guard­ing our north­ern bor­ders.

With such an im­i­ta­tive for the im­prove­ment in the life style of our high­landers we fore­see an over­all de­vel­op­ment of our coun­try. We must move to­gether in our na­tional goals and ful­fill the as­pi­ra­tions of our peo­ple.

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