Starting from March 31 to April 3 there will be a festival in Paro. This is one of the biggest festivals in Bhutan after the festival in Thimphu and Bumthang.
Space allocation for the stalls and and arrangements for the festival is in full swing. Paro festival will be thronged by not less than fifty thousand people. The district will declare a holiday for 4 days.
People from surrounding districts will come to witness the festival. Bhutanese believe that every time we witness a festival we gain some merit and cleanse ourselves of our petty sins.
Such festivals are a great time for the whole community to relax from back breaking work and enjoy. People will dress in their best and come to the festival carrying picnic lunch. People sit out in the open and eat and drink.
The festival showcases Bhutanese tradition and culture. Its a good time to intermingle with the locals and even sit down with them to share their meals.
For the photographers this is an opportunity to catch the colours of Bhutan and unique form of dances performed by the monks during the festival.
Most of our festivals in Bhutan is celebrated to commemorate Guru Rinpoche, the great master who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan.
The best time to visit for a festival is in the spring and autumn as there are several festival in Bhutan. You can witness a big festival or choose a small local festivals in one of the villages in Bhutan. A big festival might give you the numbers while a small festival in the villages will bring you close to the community.