The nation with charming monasteries

Did you read my previous article about the last kingdom of the Himalayas, Bhutan? This article is a continuation of that article, so keep reading to find out more about this nation.

If you have ever wondered about the countries that Thailand has a great association with, here is an answer to it. In fact, Thailand and Bhutan have a very strong relationship and connection. The King of Bhutan is known as one of the royals who has a very strong relationship with the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. The King of Bhutan started to become well-known in Thailand since his visit to the country to celebrate the 60th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. After the King of Bhutan returned to Bhutan, he studied the work of the late King for inspiration and advice for the betterment of the Bhutanese. Therefore, the King of Bhutan has a lot of respect for the King of Thailand and his accomplishments.

If you think about both of the countries’ religion, they are both Buddhist nations, so their cultures are greatly influenced by Buddhism, which allows them to have something additional in common. Although the origin of Buddhism practiced in the country is from Tibet, the present-day ceremonies, monastic organizations, and other aspects of Buddhism are significantly unique and different from Tibet. Buddhism is practiced by almost two-thirds of the population of Bhutan. Therefore, it plays a fundamental role in society, culture, and the ethnic development of Bhutan and the population in Bhutan. For example, when Buddhist festivals take place throughout the country, the whole nation immerges in celebrating them.

A very iconic celebration of the land has to be Thimphu Tshechu. As I have mentioned earlier that the celebrations in the country bring all the locals together, this celebration is definitely the main one. It takes place within three days when thousands of locals gather and are entertained by cultural dancers dancing with their traditional attire on and performing other cultural activities. Popular and most enjoyed dances in this festival usually include the 21 black hat dance, the dance of angry deities, the dance of cremation ground, and so on.

Do you feel that you have gained more knowledge about the land of Bhutan and its relation with the country we live in, Thailand? If you haven’t read my previous article about Bhutan, I suggest that you do in order to find out other extraordinary aspects of the culture of Bhutan.


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