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Start of the ceremony - raising of Thangka (Thongdrol)

The furling of the Thongdrel (large Thangka / religious picture) from the building overlooking the dance floor is a very auspicious event, done on the final day of the festival and before sunrise. It means “liberation on sight” and it is believed that sins are wiped away simply by viewing it.

We got a wake up knock on the door at 2am, got dressed warmly for the cool night of a couple of degrees above 0 deg C and drove to the festival ground. The furling process had just started and it took over an hour for the people to get the Thongdrel fully furled. The monks then started their prayer session while an extremely long queue of Bhutanese was formed quickly as they waited patiently for their turn to be blessed by the monks.

We enjoyed the event thoroughly and it was nearly 5am by the time we returned to the lodge to catch some beauty rest. The afternoon was spent visiting the museum - Ta Dzong which has plenty of interesting and historic artifacts, the main streets in downtown Paro and Rinpung Dzong which house the administrative government office and a monastery.

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Start of the ceremony - raising of…
Start of the ceremony - raising o…
Furling of the Thongdrel from the …
Furling of the Thongdrel from the…
Almost 3/4 through the ritual
Almost 3/4 through the ritual
Furled Thongdrel. It is believed t…
Furled Thongdrel. It is believed …
All my sins are pardoned!!!
All my sins are pardoned!!!
Monk praying
Monk praying
Three monks
Three monks
View of Rinpung Tzong and part of …
View of Rinpung Tzong and part of…
From Taa Dzong looking down to the…
From Taa Dzong looking down to th…
In front of Taa Dzong
In front of Taa Dzong
Nicely dressed Bhutanese leaving t…
Nicely dressed Bhutanese leaving …
With local Bhutanese
With local Bhutanese
With our two guides
With our two guides
In Paro downtown
In Paro downtown
Three cute monks
Three cute monks
Three cute monks and a shy Bhutane…
Three cute monks and a shy Bhutan…
Monks playing inside the monastery…
Monks playing inside the monaster…
Monk carrying drums back to monast…
Monk carrying drums back to monas…
Inside Rinpung Monastary
Inside Rinpung Monastary
Government administration part of …
Government administration part of…
Carrying boy too short to reach pr…
Carrying boy too short to reach p…
At the Rinchen Ling Lodge
At the Rinchen Ling Lodge
Paro
photo by: Kanya