English | Dzongkha Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Lhops keep their rombu tradition alive

For ages, the Lhop communities in Samtse have been burying the dead inside a tomb, locally known as ‘rombu’. This unique culture of entombing the dead bodies in their own land is still practised widely in the villages of Jigme, Singye, Wangchuck and Sanglung-Satakha in Dorokha.

Yak rearing on decline in Haa Uesu

There were nearly 50 households who practiced yak farming in Eesu Gewog, Haa. But that was some three decades ago. Today, there are only six.

The Royal Highland Festival

With temperatures dipping below -2 degree Celsius, it was freezing cold as the Third Royal Highland Festival opened in Laya late last month. Light snowfall greeted the visitors to the festival.

Breathing new life into Lingzhipai Zhey

Many Bhutanese would know, or at least, have heard about Goen Zhey of Gasa, Wang Zhey of Thimphu, Nub Zhey of Trongsa and Woochupai Zhey of Paro. What many probably may not know is that there are several other Zheys apart from the main four Zheys.

Snow leopard conservation remains at the heart of Jhomolhari festival

The Jhomolhari Mountain Festival was conceived as a Snow Leopard festival with an aim to raise awareness on the importance of conserving the endangered cat species. Six years down the line after the launch of the festival, its goal persists as Bhutan intensifies efforts to conserve the elusive cat and their habitat in the country.

GLOF threat from Lunana looms large

Lunana, one of Bhutan’s northern-most regions, is pristine. It remains largely untouched by humans. But amidst its hypnotic beauty lurks danger. The danger of glacial lake outbursts flood (GLOF). And the threat is looming large.

Samchholing’s green tea business flourishes

Green tea plantation is becoming a lucrative business for the people of Samcholing in Trongsa. The Samchholing Green Tea Cooperative says with the yield getting better by the year, the business is picking up well.

Masutake continues as key source of livelihood for Geneps

For the people of Geney Gewog in Thimphu, Masutake, locally known as Sangay Shamu, is to them what cordyceps is to the Highlanders. The highly sought-after mushroom, known for its distinct spicy-aromatic odour, fetches them about Nu 150,000 every year.

Reminiscing about Samdrup Jongkhar’s old cinema

When Samdrup Jongkhar got a cinema hall back in the 1950s, it was one of the first dzongkhags in the country to get a place to screen films. Located in the heart of the town, the cinema was once a popular place to hang out.

Greenhouses enable Lunaps to grow more varieties of vegetables

Not so long ago, the people in Lunana could grow only radish, potato and spinach. But now they grow a host of other vegetables, such as beans, cabbage, chilies, and even maize thanks to greenhouses.

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