Cradled in the folds of the Eastern Himalayas, the secluded kingdom of Bhutan has always amazed its foreign visitors with its esteem spirituality and cultural legacy. The nation`s profound Buddhist culture and unique traditions are the two major aspects which attribute to safeguard the country`s sovereignty. In your Bhutan tour package, you shall discover that from traditional woven clothes to prayer flags hung all over the province, from traditional buildings and monuments to the religious mask dances and festivals, every minute thing graciously portrays the distinctive culture and tradition of Bhutan.
Bhutanese people value their children as the progenitors of future and so, they heartily welcome the birth of a child without any gender discrimination. People there, strongly believe that the house has been polluted after a child`s birth and as such, no visitors go to the house. It is only after the third-day of purification ritual that outside visitors come to bless the newborn bringing along gifts for the child and mother.
It is generally the holy monk who gives a name to the newborn child. Both mother and father along with the child visit a local temple to receive blessings from the local deity where a name associated with the deity is given to the child. It is then a horoscope based on the Bhutanese calendar is written down with details of the time and date of birth for the precise prediction of child`s future.
A few decades back, the tradition of arranged marriages, actually cross-cousin marriages were quite popular in Bhutan. However, it has now become abhorred among the literate mass. Most people nowadays choose to marry a person of their choice.
Marriage affairs in Bhutan are quite simple and are kept low-key. A holy person carries forward the ceremony by performing various rituals for the lasting unions amongst the bride and groom. It is then followed by dinner parties where the relatives, friends, and neighbours present newlyweds with traditional scarves called Kha-das and gifts.
In the western part of Bhutan, the husband goes and lives with his wife`s family, while in the eastern region it is just reverse. Newlywed couples are given the opportunity to choose their way to live. An accepted norm of the Bhutanese way is the divorce which does not carry any disgrace. In most instances, people move on with their lives with a new partner.
Death signifies a mere passing on to a new life. For a good rebirth of the departed soul, many religious rituals are performed on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 49th day after death, also, 108 prayer flags are erected in the name of the deceased person, making the overall affair an expensive one. And for three consecutive years, elaborate rituals are conducted on the death anniversary of a person where people of the locality come along with alcohol and sundry items.
The national language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, but since the geographical features of the country has forced the inhabitants to live in isolation, many regions in Bhutan still retain their native dialects. Khengkha, Bumthapkha, Tshanglakha, and Lhotshamkha are a few other dialects spoken in Bhutan. Those of the urban settlements are also familiar with the English language which is an important medium of communication especially while crossing paths with foreign tourists.
So, if you planning a Bhutan trip, it is always better to know a few Bhutanese idioms and phrases to ease your journey.
One of the most distinctive features of the Bhutanese culture which contributes to the nation`s sovereignty is their traditional attire that evolved over thousands of years. Originally, from the time of the first Shabdrung, men wear “Gho” a knee-length robe somewhat resembling a kimono that is tied around the waist by a belt, while the women wear “Kira” an ankle-length dress worn with a short jacket. The Bhutanese government has made it compulsory for all the citizens to wear their national dress even in public.
Kabney is a traditional form of the scarf which identifies the official rank of a person. Bhutanese King wears a yellow scarf, minister orange, judge green and district administrator red with a white band going lengthwise.
The best possible way to discover Bhutanese culture and tradition is through its lively and colorful festivals. Bhutan travel packages will take you to explore the country`s most colorful and exciting festivals in the Bhutanese calendar called the “Tshechus”. The Tshechu is a religious mask dance festival celebrated all over the province to commemorate the life display of Guru Padmasambhava, who is revered as the second Buddha in Bhutan. This grand event is accompanied by several mask dances and the display of a large scroll called “Thongdrol” which has the paintings of deities and saints. People from all over the country gather to witness the event and receive blessings from holy monks.
Bhutan is the country where rice is red and chillies are used as the main food. Chillies are not just considered as a seasoning ingredient, but a pure vegetable. Ema-datshi is one of the famous Bhutanese cuisines made of chillies cum cheese.
Coming to their eating habits, Bhutanese prefer to eat with their hands and not spoons. Eating with spoons is regarded as an imported culture. Also, you will see in Bhutan that the dishes are in wooden plates and bowls.
Tour packages to Bhutan offer you a wonderful opportunity to savor the flavour of the delightful Bhutanese cuisine.
So, make a trip to Bhutan by availing the Bhutan tour packages and explore their centuries-old unique culture and tradition. You shall be enthralled with the rich heritage and extravaganza of the natural beauty. Bhutan packages offer myriad options for its visitors to indulge in the nation`s authentic culture.