Event: The five-day carnival fair for the six eastern dzongkhags organised by the Office of the Gyaltshab to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey concluded on February 9.

His Royal Highness Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck graced the event on February 8 in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar.

According to the press release from the Office of the Gyaltshab, the carnival fair had 156 stalls including 44 exhibitions, 122 restaurants, bars, shops and open space games. Thousands of people attended the fair over the five-day period and the gathering offered Zhabten to His Majesty The King and to His Royal Highness The Gyalsey on two occasions.

As part of the closing of the fair on February 9, His Eminence Lhalung Sungtrul Jigdral Kunzang Pema Dorji Rinpoche administered Chhana Dorje Wang (public blessing) to more than 7,000 people. Rinpoche also presided over the three-day annual Gyalpoizhing Tshechu that began on February 5.

A five-day Chhana Dorje (Vajrapani) Suungchhog was also conducted at the Gadhen Chhoying Lhakhang, Gyalpoizhing as Kurim for Their Majesties and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey..

The tshechu also saw unique traditional songs, dances and other cultural items from the six eastern dzongkhags. A variety of cultural programmes were also showcased by residents, civil servants, business communities, and students based in Gyalpoizhing, Lingmethang and Mongar.

The press release also stated that henceforth the tshechu, which earlier used to be held on the descending of Buddha Shakya Muni, will be held coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey.

A Health Camp by His Majesty’s Kidu Mobile Medical Unit, consisting of medical specialists, paediatricians, gynaecologist, ENT specialists and urologist among others, offered various medical assistance including ultrasound and endoscopy.

Staff reporter