King, PM attend Durga Puja; Dashara continues in diaspora

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King Jigme Khesar Wangchuck and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay attended Dashara program organized at the Hindu Temple in the capital Monday, and received blessing and Teeka from Hindu priests.

The monarchs, PM Tobgay and Minister Dhungel attending Dashain celebrations
The monarchs, PM Tobgay and Minister Dhungel attending Dashain celebrations in Thimphu

The Prime Minster also attended Durga Puja celebration on Sunday. He twitted that the King also offered Teeka and blessings to Hindu priests.

A crowd of around 200 Lhotsampas received the King, Queeen Gyaltsuen, PM Tobgay, and Communications and Information Minister DN Dhungel along with senior government officials yesterday. Except three Hindu Pandit every Lhotsampa present at the event was seen on Gho and Kira.

Meanwhile, the tenth day of the Dashain festival was celebrated all over the countries of resettlement by exiled Bhutanese with much enthusiasm. While, some of the community events are being planned for this week to mark this year’s Dashara.

The BNS team that was in Pittsburgh also joined Durga Puja celebration organized by the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP) on Monday.

Our reporters say they saw many resettled Bhutanese visiting their seniors for receiving Teeka and blessings in various states of America.

BNS has been informed that similar celebrations have taken place in Norway, Netherlands, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Denmark, Australia and Canada.

Similarly, report from Beldangi said that refugees were seen less festive during this Dashain.

“It is natural that their enthusiasm for celebrating the festivals have relatively been declined,” said one Ganesh Gurung.

According to Gurung, the resettlement has segregated families, and there was no meaning for celebrating festivals with enough enthusiasm.

One of the local entrepreneurs, who has been running a money-transfer booth for last five years, said the remittance flow into the refugee camps was almost half of the last year’s transactions this year.

Editor’s note: Most of the photographs used here are taken from the Facebook page of the concerned person, while the audio report is from the BBC Nepali Service, Kathmandu.