Travel Destination – Bhutan. Paro Festival.
My introduction to Bhutan was the Paro Festival, one of the largest festivals in Bhutan. The Bhutanese travel from all over the country to be a part of this sacred event where a “Trundal” from over a thousand years ago is lifted for a few hours before sunrise. The Bhutanese queue to be able to walk, and touch the enormous embroidered Buddha, watch traditional Bhutanese dances, and be blessed. For the Bhutanese, this is life and an important part of living as a Buddhist. For me, this was a visual extravaganza not only observing the Bhutanese culture for the first time, but to see a people so colourfully dressed as they would any day, and interact with each other in ways not often seen in the Western world.
It has taken some time to be able to get what I experienced out of my mind, meaning to be able to express in words. Bhutan is a very special place for me, not because I am a Buddhist, but because I often wondered if there is a place in this world where people could treat each other with genuine kindness, and civility. There is, and the place is called Bhutan, a country relatively untouched by the outside world.
I often think of returning to Bhutan or even taking someone who needs to experience what a truly peaceful place. Being a firm believer that peace comes from within, I will say inner peace cannot be found here, but its seeds can most certainly be planted here. If you are looking for a travel destination and an authentic adventure that will touch your soul, add Bhutan tour your travel list now.
And if you’re thinking of attending the Paro Festival (Paro Tsechu), you might find this information interesting::
Paro Tsechu is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. Featuring dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes, Tsechus (festivals) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. A highlight of the Paro Tsechu is the unfurling of the silk Thangka – so large it covers the face of an entire building and is considered one of the most sacred blessings in the whole of Bhutan. The ‘Thangka, known in Bhutan as a ‘thongdroel’ is a religious picture scroll and is only exhibited for a few hours at daybreak on the final day of the festival enabling the people to obtain its blessing. This holy scroll “confers liberation by the mere sight of it” (the meaning of the word ‘thongdroel’ in Bhutanese).
Map Showing the Location of the Paro Dzong, where the Paro Festival Takes Place ::