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Khar-phued: The First Offering Ritual
Description The people of Drangmaling-Nangar village in Tsamang Gewog, Mongar Dzongkhag in the eastern district gather every two years to perform Khar-phued. Literally, dairy product; milk, curd, cheese, butter, etc. were used as offerings. In other words, Kar means "wheat", Phued means "offering" - it is the offering of the first wheat harvest. Kharphu is a Bon ritual festival used to pay homage to local deities and ensure the well-being of the community, its households, livestock and crops. Kharphu is celebrated from the 26th day of the fourth month to the 2nd day of the fifth month according to the Bhutanese calendar. The village elders trace the origin of this ancient festival to the days of the creation of earth and sky (sachag namchag), as they do not know the exact century of origin or when it was held. The program and its components have been entirely preserved and passed down through oral tradition. This includes the ritual nightly exchange of songs that extends throughout the week. Apparently, this festival is in great danger of being lost in the modern cultural landscape.
Manage No VI00000822 Running Time 2.34mins
Country Bhutan
ICH Domain Social practices, rituals, festive events
Videos Photographer Sonam Tenzin Year 2021
Place Drangmaling-Nangar village in Tsamang Gewog, Mongar Dzongkhag (district). File Size 170 MB
Definition 128kbps File Format MP4 File
Copyright Sonam Tenzin Copyright
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National Library and Archives of Bhutan

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