Preservation and Promotion of Culture

Happiness is believed to be contributed to by the preserving the Bhutanese culture. Developing cultural resilience, which can be understood as the culture’s capacity to maintain and develop cultural identity, knowledge and practices, and able to overcome challenges and difficulties from other norms and ideals.Cultural expression in Bhutan is as unique and sacred as the holy kingdom. Culture is preserved in formal ways through the requirement to wear the traditional clothing during work hours; for all buildings to adhere to the national architecture standards; and mandatory mindfulness training in schools.

Festivals or “Tsechu” are an important colorful social annual event in Bhutan: displaying a rich culture and heritage through dance, song and performance. Tsechu are held in each district or dzongkhag of Bhutan on the tenth day of a
month of the lunar Tibetan calendar. The month depends on the place. In October 2013 hundreds of people, Dressed in their best ghos and kiras, especially bought for the festival, from in and around Thimphu came out in droves to receive the blessings and festivities of the final day of annual Thimphu Tshechu. Thimphu Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals in the country: a critical cultural hub of activity highly anticipated.

Culture is being preserved in 7 young visually impaired people and hundreds of others as the Disabled Persons Association of Bhutan (DPAB) support the formation and touring of the traditional Bhutanese music band around the country.

Stay tuned for more information, dates and news from the band.