Gar-chham: Mask Dance of Bhutan

Every year, during the months of September to April, the festivals of Tshechu, Rabney, Mani, Mewang, Choed-pa, Due-choed, Yak-choed, Drub and Drub-chen are conducted simultaneously at various heritage sites; Dzongs (fortresses), monasteries and temples in Bhutan. This event transforms the...

Baab: An introduction to the Bhutanese Mask

Colloquially, a mask often used in artistic mask dance performances to disguise or hide the original appearance is called "Baab" in Dzongkha (Bhutanese language) and in many local dialects. Baab is not only used for masquerade, but represents the appearance...

Poe (Incense sticks) Production in Bhutan

The burning of incense in the sacred shrines of Buddhist monasteries, temples, and also in the consecrated spaces that house the representations of the supreme spiritual beings is considered a kind of offering of sweet fragrances to the enlightened beings...

Thruebab, the Blessed Rainy Day in Bhutan

Among fifteen national festivals celebrated in Bhutan, Thruebab or Thrübab is considered a grand event observed not only by the Bhutanese but also by Tibetans. It is a spiritual event that roughly falls between 20 and 25 September coinciding the...