While Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the world, its cultural diversity and richness are profound.
As such, strong emphasis is laid on the promotion and preservation of its unique culture. By protecting and nurturing Bhutan’s living culture it is believed that it will help guard the sovereignty of the nation.
Traditional Bhutanese eating habits are simple and, in general, food is eaten with hands. Family members eat while sitting cross legged on the wooden floor with food first being served to the head of the household first. It is usually women who serve the food and in most cases, the mother. Before eating, a short […]
The birth of a child is always welcomed. In Bhutan extended family and guests are discouraged from visiting during the first three days after the birth. On the third day, a short purification ritual is performed after which visitors are welcomed to visit the new born and mother. Bhutanese value children as progenitors of the […]
Death signifies re-birth or a mere passing on to a new life. In keeping with the traditions, elaborate rituals are performed to ensure a safe passage and a good rebirth. The 7th, 14th, 21st and 49th days after a person’s death are considered especially important and are recognized by erecting prayer flags in the name […]
UNTIL JUST A FEW DECADES AGO ARRANGED MARRIAGES WERE COMMON AND MANY MARRIED AMONG THEIR RELATIVES. IN EASTERN BHUTAN CROSS-COUSIN MARRIAGES WERE ALSO ONCE COMMON, HOWEVER, THIS PRACTICE IS NOW BECOMING LESS COMMON PLACE AMONG THE LITERATE MASSES AND MOST MARRIAGES ARE BASED ON THE CHOICE OF THE INDIVIDUALS. Marriages are simple affairs and are […]