Happy Losar and a Happy New Year February 16th, 2018 – Posted in: Bhutan, Uncategorized
Happy Losar, that is what we wish all people in Bhutan.
This year, the Bhutanese New Year festival is celebrated on 16th and 17th February. Different from our culture, New Year’s Eve is not celebrated loudly with firecrackers and rockets. It’s a peaceful and quiet festival of offering. People clean their homes and go to temples to offer food, money and incense sticks. Throughout the whole first month of the Bhutanese year people abstain from eating meat and even butchers’ shops remain closed.
Losar comes from Tibetan where “Lo” means year and “sar” new. Losar is not based on our Gregorian calendar but on the Tibetan lunar calendar. 2018 is the year of the dog (one of 12 signs of the zodiac). It is said that people born in the year of the dog possess the best qualities of human nature. They have a deep sense of loyalty, are honest, and trustworthy because they know how to keep secrets. They don’t care much about wealth but somehow always seem to have enough money.
Your Bhutan House Team