BHUTAN BLOG

The birth

posted on 20/01/2014, 16:30 by Natalia Wangdi

Bhutanese culture is one of the distinctive cultures in the world. As a tiny country with a very small population the need to preserve culture and tradition is amplified. This unique culture is a means of protecting the sovereignty of the nation. The distinctiveness of the culture and tradition is visible in the everyday life of the Bhutanese.

Birth

The birth of the child is always welcomed without gender discrimination. The outsiders, normally, do not visit the child for first three days as the house is considered polluted by kaydrip (defilement by birth). Thus, a purification ritual (Lhabsang) is conducted in the house, after which the outsiders come to the house to see the new born baby. Gifts are brought for the newborn and the mother. The gifts range from rice and dairy products in the rural places to clothes and money in the urban.

The child is not immediately named. Generally, the names are given by religious person. The child is also taken to the temple of the local deity (natal deity) and the name associated with the deity is given. In some cases, the child is given the name of the day on which the child is born. The horoscope of the baby known as kye tsi is written based on Bhutanese calendar. It details out the time and date of the birth, predicts the future of the child, rituals to be executed at different stages in the life of the child as remedy to possible illness, problems and misfortune.

Traditionally, the culture of celebrating birthdays did not exist. However, it has now become popular especially amongst the town and city dwellers.

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2 comments

on 31/03/2014, 18:00 said

Hi Natalia,
is the Bhutanese calendar/horoscope different from the Chinese?
answer from Natalia Wangdi
Hello! The Bhutenese calendar/horoscope is the same with Chinese which is based on a twelve year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. But in Bhutan people don't use Western horoscope which divide a year is into 12 periods.
 
 

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