Bhutan Festivals help to woo tourists & maintain sustainable tourism model

 Friday, April 7, 2023 


According to The Bhutan Live, festivals in Bhutan attract thousands of tourists each year, which helps to support a sustainable tourism model. The Bhutan Live further reports that the statistics are anticipated to rise as Bhutan resumes inviting tourists after the lockdowns.

The Haa Summer Festival is a dynamic and boisterous celebration that includes religious performances, traditional Bhutanese food, the indigenous Bhutanese alcoholic drink Ara, and traditional sports. It provides insight into the nomadic herders’ lifestyle and traditions in Bhutan, ANI news agency reports.

Bhutanese culture can be seen in its songs, folk dances, artefacts, and religious rituals. Guests may also admire alpine flowers and appreciate the warmth of the Haa Valley locals. The Festival takes place in July.

According to The Bhutan Live, the Paro Tshechu Festival is one of Bhutan’s most well-known celebrations.

Monks dress up as deities and re-enact and recreate episodes from legendary stories and historical anecdotes.

The highlight of the celebration, however, is the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the 350-year-old Thangkha, one of the oldest Buddhist holy scrolls. It contains historical accounts commemorating Guru Rimpoche’s great exploits. This event takes place in April in Paro, a city with an international airport.

The annual Matsutake Festival is one of Bhutan’s most famous harvest festivals, and it is celebrated by the people of Ura Valley during the mushroom season. This festival observes the celebration of this legendary mushroom harvesting.

During this event, the villagers prepare wonderful dishes and tourists can get a glimpse into the inhabitants’ culture, which helps them create a deeper relationship. This festival celebration includes a mushroom harvesting expedition as well as a view of the surrounding woodlands. This event is held during the month of August.

Another yearly event is the Sakteng Festival, which takes place in the Sakteng Valley at an elevation of 3000 metres. This valley is located on the eastern side of Bhutan and is home to semi-nomadic people known as ‘Brokpas.’

This valley has yet to be touched by civilization, and getting there can be challenging at times. Yet, this three-day celebration is well worth attending. It can be a thrilling experience to see a Yak dance.

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