Thursday, 7 August 2008

Bhutan : Nation observes Dub Tse Zhi

August 6: As the nation observed Dub Tse Zhi yesterday, thousands of people across the kingdom visited Dzongs, Lhakhangs and Goendeys to offer prayers and butter lamps.

In the capital Thimphu, the Central Monk Body led by His Holiness the Je Khenpo and the five Lopens performed Namgay Tongchoed ceremony at the Tashichhodzong to mark the auspicious day.

His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, their Majesties the Queens and their Royal Highnesses the Princess and the Princesses attended the ceremony.

Thousands of devotees also visited the Tashichhodzong to offer prayers and butter lamps.

Several sacred relics were also displayed for public veneration. These include the tooth relic of Sangay Yoesung, the skull of Lhachham Pema Sey and the Tergi Bumpa. Devotees received blessings from these sacred relics.

Drub Tshe Zhe is one of the most auspicious days in the Bhutanese calendar. On this day the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon on the four noble truths to his disciples at the Deer Park, Sarnath in India.

Government offices, schools, and institutes across the kingdom remained closed.

Special prayers were conducted in Lhakhangs, Goendeys, Dzongs, and Neys across the country and thousands of devotees offered butter lamps and prayers.

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