Culture & Heritage
Even though Bhutan is located between two of the most populated countries of the world, it has always been politically independent. This has been the single most crucial factor in preservation of its native culture. Buddha’s teachings, introduced in this kingdom by Guru Padmasambhava, are strongly reflected in the daily lives of the citizens. Here, people have highly valued their traditions and followed them religiously. This embodiment has carved this nation’s identity. The uniqueness of character has been the base for all major policy formations and the means of survival as a sovereign kingdom.
Tshechus or festivals are celebrated to mark Guru Rinpoche’s birthday, the patron saint of Bhutan. It is the time where people come dressed in their finest cloths, beautiful jewels, and take out picnic lunches rich in meat, chilies and alcohol with their friends and families. Men and women joke and flirt during the occasion. People get to witness sacred and mystical dances performed by laymen and monks. These mask dances illustrates Buddhist moral tales and their lives of various Buddhist masters.