English | Dzongkha Thursday, December 14, 2017

Coming out of the HIV/AIDS closet

Having lived in shame and fear for the last 14 years, 35-year-old Tashi Pelzom finally went public with her HIV positive status at an event held to mark World Aids Day last Friday. So did Losem Zangmo who is also a HIV positive.

Lingzhi Dzong to be restored to its former grandeur

Lingzhi dzong, once an important frontier dzong in the country’s north, built sometime in between 1667 to 1680 to defend Bhutan against Tibetan invasions, has now fallen into ruins.

Man earns his living by inking others

As much as getting a tattoo is becoming trendy among people in the country, there is still a stigma associated with it. But on the brighter side, it has become a source of livelihood for some.

‘Rap’ becoming popular among youngsters in Bhutan

Often times when people hear about Rap, they paint a picture of something negative. But today, the popularity has picked up quite well and rap is now well accepted by the Bhutanese audience. Rap is an abbreviation for Rhythm and Poetry.

Spiritual essence of offering Ku-Sung-Thug-Ghi-Mendrel

Ku-Sung-Thug-Ghi-Mendrel is one of the integral parts of religious offerings in Buddhism. It is also believed to be one of the best ways to accumulate merits and purify oneself from all the sins.

Farmers in Bumthang revive buckwheat cultivation

Buckwheat cultivation in Bumthang has been on a declining trend over the last few decades. However, the district is now seeing a revival in the cultivation of the traditional crop. Thanks to an initiative by the Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector and the National Biodiversity Centre which aims at diversifying and marketing buckwheat products.

A 63-year-old man’s love for archery

Age is just a number for 63-year-old Gyem Dorji from Paro who is taking part in the ongoing open Yangphel style archery tournament with other archers who are much younger than him.

Khengkhar’s Palang business grows

Palang is a wooden container traditionally used to store Ara, a locally brewed alcohol. Locals of Kengkhar in Monggar are known for palang making. The age old craft has been a lifeline of many in the community for ages.

Recovering addicts help create a drug-free society

Opening up to strangers and sharing personal stories requires more than just a resolute will, especially when it concerns drugs and alcohol.

Traditional process of dyeing woolen yarns at risk of dying out

The traditional method of dyeing woolen yarns to weave Yathra in Bumthang is hardly practiced today. The tradition of Yathra weaving is native to Bumthang valley and is particularly popular among the women of Chhumig Gewog.

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