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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.