All Elements

Gedhan Chodpa
Date: 19/03/2021 11:10 am     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                  Gedhan Chodpa

Venue:                              Gedhan Lhakhang

Date: 17/12/2020 2:20 pm     State: Alive
Zhungdra & Boedra
Date: 17/12/2020 2:15 pm     State: Alive

This element is based on the narration of a practitioner from Tsendona village under Lamgong Gewog. He is

Getakha Tsensoel
Date: 17/12/2020 2:11 pm     State: Extinct

This invocation ritual was practiced from a very long time although there is no written script or textual

Date: 17/12/2020 2:04 pm     State: Alive

There are no known written records of the practice of Bongku yet though it is claimed that the

Date: 17/12/2020 1:52 pm     State: Alive

There are no records of written script or documents found pertaining to the originality or the occurrence of

Date: 17/12/2020 1:42 pm     State: Alive

For centuries, many great master carpenters (zowo or bzo bo) of Bhutan have displayed and developed unique and

Date: 17/12/2020 1:38 pm     State: Endangered

Origin and Development of Joyig

Bhutan’s formal script in printed form called tshuyig is adopted from the script first invented by

Date: 17/12/2020 1:33 pm     State: Alive

Gold and silver smithy or metal carving had flourished in the country for a long time as evident from the

Bon Tradition
Date: 17/12/2020 1:27 pm     State: Alive

Bonko is a form of Bon tradition. Bon practices existed in Bhutan in the pre-Buddhist times and it

Yak herding song
Date: 17/12/2020 1:20 pm     State: Endangered

In the higher altitudes of Bhutan, yak herding is a vital source of livelihood for the highlanders. While

Sharcho Phued gi zhabten
Date: 17/12/2020 1:15 pm     State: Endangered

When Zhabdrung Rinpoche arrived in Bhutan in 1616, the country was muddled and divided led by the Lam

Traditional food
Date: 17/12/2020 1:05 pm     State: Alive

Though the origin of yak rearing in Nubri is unknown, it can be noted that it has been there for

Tsito Goemba Karmi
Date: 17/12/2020 1:00 pm     State: Extinct

Element Name: Tsito Goemba Karmi

Local Name: Tsito Goemba karmi

Community Details: Lamgong Gewog is comprised

Clay Sculpting
Date: 17/12/2020 12:59 pm     State: Alive

In Bhutan, it can be dated back to as early as the 7th century during the time of

Jela Choedpa
Date: 17/12/2020 12:55 pm     State: Endangered

Community Details: Dopshari Gewog is comprised of 21 villages constituted by about 600 households with a total population

Date: 17/12/2020 12:52 pm     State: Alive

A Shaman does not become a shaman by his own choice or interest. It is not necessarily hereditary.

Bow and Arrow-making
Date: 17/12/2020 12:46 pm     State: Alive

 Element Name: Bow and Arrow-making

 Local Name: Dazo


Community Details:


Shari is one of

Tso Mem Goni
Date: 17/12/2020 12:39 pm     State: Extinct

Serlung Goemba tso mem goni in Khamda and Sali Village of Dogar Gewog

1. Element Name: Tso

Black smithy
Date: 17/12/2020 12:40 pm     State: Alive

Although it is difficult to trace the origin of blacksmithing in Bhutan, recent records tell us that the

Bjangwo Karma Nyaru
Date: 17/12/2020 12:35 pm     State: Alive

Bjangwo Karma Nyaru -Dogar-Bjang-ro village

Background History-

During the olden days,

Date: 17/12/2020 12:09 pm     State: Alive
Chubja Tsenchoed
Date: 17/12/2020 12:05 pm     State: Alive

According to oral sources, the Chubja Tsen known as Tashi Pema and the Zachekha Tsen were having conflicts

Lhops’ Food
Date: 17/12/2020 12:02 pm     State: Alive

Just like any other communities, the livelihood of Lhops also started with hunting and gathering activities. In the

Death Ritual of Lhops
Date: 17/12/2020 12:04 pm     State: Alive

Death is often considered as a great loss but not more than the fear incurred from the unnatural

Lhops’ Dress
Date: 17/12/2020 11:58 am     State: Alive

One can easily spot a Lhop in a crowd with his or her uniqueness to the dress. They

Birth Ceremony of Lhops
Date: 17/12/2020 11:54 am     State: Alive

Lhops have their own ways of interpreting the physiological and morphological processes of birth, growth, aging and death

Mother Natural Festival
Date: 17/12/2020 11:53 am     State: Alive

Sansari Puja (Mother Nature Ritual) is the main cultural event of the Limbu Community, Samtse Geog under Samtse

Ubhauli (Going up) and Udhauli (Going down) Puja
Date: 17/12/2020 11:50 am     State: Alive

Udhauli and Ubhauli festivals are conducted in two different seasons – one in summer and the other one

Fermented Radish
Date: 17/12/2020 11:45 am     State: Alive
Ram Faat
Date: 17/12/2020 11:40 am     State: Alive

The Lepcha community under Samtse Dzongkhag, especially the Limithang Chiwog under Samtse Geog, conducts the indigenous festival “Ram

Traditional/Local Healer
Date: 17/12/2020 11:39 am     State: Alive

He said that it was in the year 2009, soon after his superannuation, he lost his consciousness. In

First Harvest Festival
Date: 17/12/2020 11:34 am     State: Alive

Domain: Traditional Customs, Rituals, Ceremonies, and Festive Events: Festivals and Celebrations

Background History:

 Limbu people are

Traditional Healing
Date: 17/12/2020 11:28 am     State: Alive

Domain: Folk Knowledge and Technology:  Local Healing Practices.

Bongthing (traditional healer) plays a significant role in the

Sha Nga rituals
Date: 17/12/2020 11:27 am     State: Alive

A number of people in Bhutan still follow the Bon tradition and seek the services of shamans to

Date: 17/12/2020 11:20 am     State: Alive

Community details: Villages of Haa and Paro district

Family Ritual

Lomba is not only about

Lake Nub Tshonapatra
Date: 17/12/2020 11:15 am     State: Alive

Terton Sherab Mebar (treasure revealer with Blazing Wisdom) came to Bhutan in the 15th century from Kham in

Haapi Hoentey
Date: 17/12/2020 11:09 am     State: Alive

Community Details: Villages under Haa district

Miri Pun Suum / Me Rig Puen Sum / The Three Brothers’ Hills / The Three Sisters’ Hills.
Date: 17/12/2020 11:04 am     State: Alive

Element Name: Miri Pun Suum / Me Rig Puen Sum / The Three Brothers’ Hills / The Three

Local Festival
Date: 17/12/2020 11:04 am     State: Alive

The practice of Bonnism, which was widespread in Bhutan much before the arrival of Buddhism, has its influence even in

Date: 17/12/2020 10:55 am     State: Alive

Element name: Lhasoe

Local name: Lhasoe

Location/place: Nakha village, Sangbekha gewog, Haa Dzongkhag.

According to Sam Van Schaik, the Bon tradition also

Bhang Shing
Date: 17/12/2020 10:48 am     State: Alive

Traditional medicine

Local Name: Bhang shing

Community details: Tshapey village, Esu Gewog under Haa Dzongkhag

Zhuri Duechod: Annual Commemoration of the Zhuri Lineage

Date: 17/12/2020 10:41 am     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                         Zhuri Duechod

Venue:                                     Zhuri Lhakhang

Gewog:                                    Chume

Tala Chodpa
Date: 17/12/2020 10:29 am     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                         Tala Chodpa   

Location:                                 Chume Valley

Gewog:                                    Chume

Frequency:                               Annual

Dates:                                      10th and 11th days

Trakhar Kuchod: Annual Commemorative Event
Date: 17/12/2020 10:18 am     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                     Trakhar Kuchod


Nyimalung Treldha Tshechu
Date: 17/12/2020 10:08 am     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:             Nyimalung Treldha Tshechu

Venue:                         Nyimalung Gonpa Thubten Shedrub Dargye Choeling

Gewog:                        Chume

Frequency:                   Annual


Domkhar Tshechu
Date: 13/12/2020 6:28 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:             Domkhar Tshechu

Venue:                         Domkhar Community Lhakhang

Gewog:                        Chume

Frequency:                   Annual

Dates:                          8th to

Buli Mani: An Annual Festival of Buli Gonpa
Date: 13/12/2020 6:23 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                         Buli Mani

Venue:                                     Buli Gonpa – Yoesel Lhundrub Choeling

Yak Lhai
Date: 13/12/2020 5:48 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                         Yak Lhai

Location:                                 Numerous villages whose residents practice animal husbandry

Gewog:                                    Ura and Tang

Frequency:                               Annual


Tangsibi Mani: Annual Mani Festival of Tangsibi
Date: 13/12/2020 5:26 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                         Tangsibi Mani


Shing-nyer Meto Chodpa: Annual Flower Offering Festival of Shing-nyer
Date: 13/12/2020 4:57 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                         Shing-nyer Meto Chodpa        

Venue:                                     Shing-nyer Lhakhang


Azhey Lhamo: The Ritual Dance of Divine Sisters
Date: 13/12/2020 4:25 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                        AzheyLhamo

Shingkhar Rabney

Date: 13/12/2020 4:15 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:             Shingkhar Rabney

Venue:                         Shingkhar Dechenling Lhakhang

Gewog:                        Ura

Frequency:                   Annual

Dates:                          21st to the 25th

Yakchod: The Grand Festival of Ura Village
Date: 13/12/2020 3:54 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance

Festival Name:                        Ura

Sumthrang Kangsol: Sumthrang’s Ritual of Fulfilling and Mending
Date: 13/12/2020 3:27 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                         Sumthrang Kangsol


Gedhan Chodpa
Date: 13/12/2020 3:21 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                  Gedhan Chodpa

Venue:                              Gedhan Lhakhang

Namkha Rabney
Date: 13/12/2020 2:07 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                         Namkha Rabney

Venue:                                     Namkha Lhakhang

Gewog:                                    Tang

Frequency:                               Annual

Dates:                                      9th to the 11th days of

Petsheling Kuchod: The Annual Commemoration Event of Petsheling Monastery
Date: 13/12/2020 12:54 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                        Petsheling

Lhodrak Kharchu Treldha Tshechu
Date: 13/12/2020 12:47 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:             Lhodrak Kharchu Treldha Tshechu

Venue:                         Lhodrak Kharchu Dudjom Nampar Gawailing

Gewog:                        Choekhor

Frequency:                   Condensed version:

Tamzhing Phagla Chodpa
Date: 13/12/2020 11:55 am     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:                         Tamzhing Phagla Chodpa

Venue:                                     Tamzhing Lhundrub Choeling Lhakhang

Gewog:                                    Choekhor

Frequency:                               Annual

Dates:                                      10th to 12thdays

Ngang Rabney: Commemorating the Consecration of Ngang Lhakhang
Date: 13/12/2020 11:31 am     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:            Ngang Rabney

Venue:                         Ngang Lhakhang

Thangbi Mewang or Mani
Date: 13/12/2020 10:56 am     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:             Thangbi Mewang or Mani       


Jampa Lhakhang Drub
Date: 12/12/2020 12:22 am     State: Alive

At a Glance:

 Festival Name:             Jampa Lhakhang Drub

Venue:                         Jampa Lhakhang


Jakar Tshechu: Annual Festival of Jakar Dzong
Date: 12/12/2020 6:04 pm     State: Alive

At a Glance:

Festival Name:             Jakar Tshechu

Venue:                         Jakar Dzong complex


Bjangwo Karma Nyaru
Date: 20/03/2017 11:45 am     State: Alive

During the olden days, Bhutanese people would go as far south as possible to trade from the nearest border towns

Date: 30/06/2016 3:21 pm     State: Alive

A part of Bon tradition that still exists in Bhutan is the practice of shamanism. Shamans are sought for during

Date: 29/06/2016 3:41 pm     State: Alive

The art of ironwork is known as Gar-zo. The people who practice the art are known as Gaw. A blacksmith

Traditional Food
Date: 27/06/2016 10:52 am     State: Alive

Though the origin of yak rearing in Nubri is unknown, it can be noted that it has been there for

Clay Sculpting
Date: 22/06/2016 10:59 am     State: Alive

Jimzo is a traditional art of sculpting religious images. Jim means the clay and Zo means the art, therefore, it

Bhutanese Lute
Date: 14/07/2015 3:53 pm     State: Alive

Dramnyen is a fretless lute which is one of the most popular musical instruments in Bhutan. Literally, dramnyen

Simtokha Dzong
Date: 3/07/2015 11:23 am     State: Alive

The name Simtokha literally means “Atop a Demon” and the legend associated with the dzong’s construction tells us

Traditional Ceremonial Reception
Date: 2/07/2015 11:53 am     State: Alive

The literal meaning of chibdre is ‘the procession led by the riding horse’. It is the traditional way

Zhugdre Ceremony
Date: 2/07/2015 11:28 am     State: Alive

Zhugdre phünsun tshogpa is mostly referred as zhugdre which literally means ‘seated in the rows’ whereby participants are

Yak Dance
Date: 2/07/2015 10:16 am     State: Alive

The term ‘'yak cham’ or ‘yak dance’ unlike any other Bhutanese religious mask dances is very unique to

Wine Oblation Ceremony
Date: 29/06/2015 12:41 pm     State: Alive

Marchang has two types – Elaborate Marchang Ceremony and Common Marchang