My Top 5 Moments at Paro Tshechu
By Gina Gabriela Mehmann
An exchange student from Switzerland at the Royal Thimphu College, Gina Gabriela Mehmann, shares her top five moments at the Paro Tshechu festival and why it’s an occasion people look forward to every year.
Traditional Bhutanese Attire: I loved how everyone showed up in their most beautiful traditional dresses (Kira, Gho) and jewelry for the festival. I saw pearls and all sorts of precious stones in turquoise. I also dressed up in the traditional way, you can’t help but join the party – look for yourself.
The unfurling of the Giant Thangka (scroll): I went on the 5th and last day of the festival. The giant colorful Thangka of Guru Rinpochhe was breathtaking and simply amazing. Even though I don’t know all the stories behind the traditional dances, I could feel that the people involved put their heart and soul into the ceremony. I was told that many of the performers meditated for long hours to engage in the given role.
Friendly faces: The people at the festival were cheerful, friendly and simply lovely and above all very excited to see a foreigner in Kira.
Familiear faces: I also met people from Switzerland – all of them agreed, that the event was something very special. Some of them even looked forward to coming every year to attend the festival in Bhutan.
For the first time I saw His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, The King of Bhutan, in person. It was beautiful watching His Majesty interact and speak to the people at the festival. That was my favorite moment.