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Paro Festivals

Spiritual Expressions of Earlier eras; energized by life.

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Experience Bhutan’s natural and spiritual splendor on this trip, which also includes excursions to off-the-beaten-path villages and temples. While on this cultural holiday in Bhutan, the festivals and cultural activities that are enjoyed is primarily centered on Buddhist culture and heritage.

The sacred chham dances are each festival’s centerpiece. For hundreds of years, the old sacred dances have been passed down from one person to another. To master the precise movements and positions required for the performance, monks must complete a lengthy training.

Bhutanese see “Chham or Buddhist dances” as a visualization meditation, a tribute to ancient times and a physical representation of order, mastery, and transmitted power.

Highlights

  • Bhutanese joyfully commemorating Buddha’s life through Buddhist festivals
  • Mule routes, mountain passes, farms, villages, and farmhouses, as well as temples and monasteries located on peaks and ridges, rural homes, and distinctive architecture
  • Daily interactions with a diversity of individuals, including farmers, riders, shopkeepers, bar owners, weavers, monks, teachers, and kids, all of whom are continuously kind, responsive to our interest in them, and genuinely keen to learn more about us
  •  Practice and competition in archery
  • Culture and history
  •  Local shops, textiles, and handmade goods
  • Climb herders’ paths to admire valley vistas and colorful prayer flags
  •  Hike to Tiger’s Nest

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The most holy of treasures, the Cymbal that Terton Sherab Membar (treasure reliever) had brought back from Nub Tsho Na Patra (lake in the mountains of Haa ), is used for the mask dances on the first day of the Tsechu and is kept on display for the duration of the festival so that people can receive blessings.  It is believed that hearing the cymbals clang empowers people to rid themselves of past misdeeds and undesirable energies.

Equally interesting is the last day of the festivals, when at wee hours in the morning, the Thongdrel Chhenmo of Guru Rinpoche is unfolded for both visitors and residents that are present. For the Parop’s and the people of Bhutan as a whole, seeing and accepting blessings from the Thongdrel Chenmo represents one of the most crucial aspects. It relates to removing one’s accumulated sins of the body, speech, and mind as well as freeing from birth in the lowest three realms (animal, hungry ghosts and hell).

People from all across the country aspire to travel to the festival venue to get blessings from the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche, the Thongdrel Chhenmo, the Guru Tshen Gyed Chham and the Buddha on the final day of the festival. Families and friends get together, appreciate good home-cooked cuisine, and create beautiful memories.