Nyelo eve

It’s Nyelo tomorrow (a Bhutanese new year form celebrated in the western parts of the country coinciding with winter solstice) and a festive for the people to celebrate. The day would begin with thupe (stew)and grand meals. Archery, Khuru still are played on this day, while others put on their fine wear and picnic in urban areas and in the villages, gatherings and time for fine dining and meetings with members of family who have been away from home working or for other reasons.

An interesting activity that precedes Nyelo is the Nyelo eve. On this eve of Nyelo, people get into groups and carry out the “Lolay” procession. They go from house to house and sing the Lolay. The Lolay is sung to bless the house and it’s members and the occupants, in return for their good wishes and prayers, gift them (in kind and cash). This collection becomes the resource for the festive for the actual Nyelo in the next day.

This is Nyelo eve and a few Lolay groups can be expected.


About Sangay Khandu

Elected to Parliament of Bhutan twice. Previously worked with the Central Bank, the largest SoE (power utility) and international organization.
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