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Culture

Bhutan’s traditional Culture is alive in its performing Arts like dance and music, which are an integral part of religious ceremonies.

There is a strong sense of community bonding among the people with basic social etiquettes like respect for elders and seniors. Culture is a unique national identity that Bhutan continues to emphasize on.

Traditional Bhutanese art is hugely influenced by Tibetan art, although it has its own unique derivations. Most Bhutanese art like murals, thangkha (scrolls), paintings have a religious theme. All sacred images are made to exact specifications that have remained remarkably unchanged for centuries.

Bhutanese language and literature, arts and crafts, drama, music, ceremonies and events, architecture, and basic social and cultural values draw their essence from Buddhism. Just as the Kingdom’s history is characterized by religious landmarks, the influence of religion is highly visible in everyday life. Hundreds of sacred monasteries, Stupas, religious institutions, prayer flags and prayer wheels mark the countryside, providing a strong infrastructure and atmosphere for the teachings of their living faith.

Bhutan’s textile tradition has, in recent years, gone International. The distinct technique, color and style of indigenous Bhutanese weaving is being increasingly appreciated by textile specialists, collectors and users.

All Bhutanese continue to wear the traditional dress, men wears Gho, a long gown hitched up to the knee so that its lower half resembles a skirt and women wears Kira, an ankle-length robe somewhat resembling a kimono. Generally colorful apparel, the fabrics used range from simple cotton checks and stripes to the most intricate woven designs of silk.

Unlike many countries, traditional arts, age-old ceremonies, festivals, social conduct and structures are not remnants of a bygone age. Traditional arts and crafts are still practiced as they were done hundreds of years ago.

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