Wedding in Bhutan / Honey moon in Bhutan / Marriage Ceremony in Bhutan
Wedding in Bhutan is very simple as it is just a exchange of vows and rings. It includes a number of religious rites performed by Buddhist monks and lamas. This represents the importance of the bond between two people and importantly bestows upon them the protecting and blessing of Gurus and sentient beings, for a life time of love and happiness.
Early in the morning your guide and representatives from zoid Jin tours will make sure you to wear Bhutanese dress if interested. Whether you are male or female, small or large, we will definitely provide you fitting and beautiful dress for you.Bhutanese dress for men is called gho and for ladies is kira. You can chose from many intricate designs, colours and materials.
After beautifully dressed you will be going to visit some places either at Kyichu Monastery or Druk Choeding temple (Paro - Subjected to availability) or Chimi Lhakhang ( The temple of fertility at Punakha ) and some other places for the marriage ceremony.
The wedding will be administrated by highly trained monks or a great masters and the programs are as follows:
The ceremony begins with a Lhabsang, which will be performed by the monks in order to please the local deities. We Bhutanese believe that only if our deities are pleased we can have their blessing and enjoy good health, wealth and a lasting relationship.
The butter lamps help to focus the mind and aid meditation.The ritual signifie's offering of light to the deities and is an excellent way a gain good merits.
It is a rite of purification and cleansing. This rite will clear our bodies, speech and minds of all our sins.
Changphoed means, offering of locally brewed alcohol to the Gods and deities, and after the offering, the Bride and Groom are given the remaining brew from the same bowl. This symbolise's the bond of sharing your lives together forever. After this, the weddings rings are exchanged.
Tsepamey Choko is an elaborate ritual performed to appease the god of longevity. The head abbot performs the ritual ceremony for a long and prosperous married life and bless the bride and the groom in the course of ceremony.
Zhugdrey Phunsum Tshogpa
The Zhugdrel ritual is sharing of food items with special prayers dedicated to Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel, the unifier of Bhutan. Assortment of fruits are served. First fruit bee served are oranges as it is attractive, delicious and the parts inside are intact, therefore represents a close bond which is securely protected, ensuring the couple of eternal happiness. In absence of oranges, banana will be used in lieu. Since the food served in this ceremony is considered very auspicious, it should not be refused and interrupting the Zhugdrel is considered improper.
The Buddhist wedding ceremony will conclude with the presentation of Dhar Naynga, which is a symbolic five colored scarves. The ceremony will conclude with the presentation of the Dhar Naynga, the symbolic five colored scarves. The offering of Bhutanese scarves (Khaddar) to the bride and groom, signifies final wishes for long, prosperous and fulfilling life.
This is how our simple but effective marriage system in Bhutan and then you can travel around Bhutan in your new dress and take it home to surprise your relatives and friends!