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Bhutan Folk Festival

Location:               Vicinity of the Punakha Dzong (Fortress)
Season/dates:
    13, 14 &15 Dec, 2008
Duration:               3 days
Tourist Profile:    Enjoys sports and games, history, culture, outdoors

The Bhutan Folk Festival is organized to commemorate the 100 years of monarchy and to celebrate the coronation of a new king. The event offers visitors a chance to experience and discover the living tradition and cultural heritage of Bhutan, the last Himalayan Buddhist kingdom. The Festival is a 3 days event in Punakha (1,350m, 4,430ft), the old capital of Bhutan.

The event will be held somewhere in the vicinity of the fortress. It will showcase both the contemporary and age old Bhutanese traditions which are
practiced in today's day to day life. The highlight of the event would be for the Bhutanese and visitors alike to interact with the people of the six Gewogs (sub districts) under the Punakha Dzongkhag (District).

The event, besides paying homage to the local arts and artisans and engraving in the deepest recesses of the visitors’ senses Bhutan’s living culture and tradition, would be a possible prospective for the revelation of what has been celebrated as a truly unique existence to the global anthology of similar lifestyles of other parts of the world.

Annual Bhutan Folk Festival


Day 1
 Time
Program
1
9:00 AM
The inaugural ceremony of the Bhutan Folk Festival. This will be carried out with the Zhugdrel Phuensum Tshogpa (traditional welcome ceremony) in the presence of tourists, participants and the local community.
2
9:30 AM
Conferring of Tashi Khadar (white scarf of goodwill and purity) to tourists (guests) by the Lam (High priest) with prayers for good luck (Tashi Moenlam).
3
9:50 AM-1:00 PM

Commencement of Khuru (traditional dart game) and Degor (stone discus) tournaments.

Exhibition of the making of Bhutanese traditional sports equipment and sale. The historical background of these indigenous games will also be explained to the viewers.
4
1:00 -2:00 PM
Coinciding with lunch, a traditional food festival will be organised. Traditional cuisine from different gewogs (sub-districts) of Punakha District. Prizes for best food will be awarded.
5
2:00 -3:00 PM
Competition on Rice and Butter Measurement with traditional measuring scales such as Drey and Sang (tourists can participate in the competition)
6
3:00 -4:00 PM
Awarding of Prizes to the Rice and Butter measurement winners will be followed by Traditional dances
7
4:00 -6:00 PM
BREAK
8
6:00 -8:00 PM
Traditional rituals  for victory  will be performed in preparation of the next day’s Archery Tournament


Day 1
 Time
Program
1
9:00 AM
Arrival of participants and tourists for the Archery Tournament
2
9:30 AM
Guests & Archers will join a procession to make a round in an auspicious direction traditionally known as Drachhen Korni.
3
9:50 AM-1:00 PM
Archery Tournament will begin with Marchang ceremony. Besides the demonstration on making traditional bow and arrow & accessories, the products will also be sold.
4
1:00 -2:00 PM
Victory celebration by the winners of the Archery Tournament
5
2:00 -3:00 PM
Lunch will be served in a traditional manner by the family members of the two archery teams. The tourists present will be divided into groups and served lunch by the families.  As per tradition & culture, Soelra (prizes) will be awarded to the family members of both the teams who serve lunch
6
3:00 -4:00 PM
Competition on traditional grinding of rice & maize (corn) with traditional implements amongst the gewogs
7
4:00 -6:00 PM
Awarding of prizes to the winners. The programme will come to an end with traditional songs and dances.
8
6:00 -8:00 PM
BREAK (Traditional attire show)
9
Traditional & Modern songs and dances will be performed for the guests & audience.


Day 1
 Time
Program
1
9:00 AM
The inaugural ceremony of the Bhutan Folk Festival. This will be carried out with the Zhugdrel Phuensum Tshogpa (traditional welcome ceremony) in the presence of tourists, participants and the local community.
2
9:30 AM
Conferring of Tashi Khadar (white scarf of goodwill and purity) to tourists (guests) by the Lam (High priest) with prayers for good luck (Tashi Moenlam).
3
9:50 AM-1:00 PM
Commencement of Khuru (traditional dart game) and Degor (stone discus) tournaments. Exhibition of the making of Bhutanese traditional sports equipment and sale. The historical background of these indigenous games will also be explained to the viewers.
4
1:00 -2:00 PM
Coinciding with lunch, a traditional food festival will be organised. Traditional cuisine from different gewogs (sub-districts) of Punakha District. Prizes for best food will be awarded.
5
2:00 -3:00 PM
Competition on Rice and Butter Measurement with traditional measuring scales such as Drey and Sang (tourists can participate in the competition)
6
3:00 -4:00 PM
Awarding of Prizes to the Rice and Butter measurement winners will be followed by Traditional dances
7
4:00 -6:00 PM
BREAK
8
6:00 -8:00 PM
Traditional rituals  for victory  will be performed in preparation of the next day’s Archery Tournament

The above program is just the Annual Bhutan Folk Festival. If you are interested for this festival, please contact us so that we will send you the model itinerary including the above festival also. 

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