Festive season takes off with Durga Puja in Bhutan

Dashain celebrations have commneced in Bhutan as well, with a team of nine pundits conducting the Durga Puja at the Durga Mandir in Thimphu on October 8th. Durga Puja is conducted annually by the Durga Puja organising committee, under the auspices of Department of Culture, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs. This year’s Durga Puja is conducted under the theme of “Peace and Happiness through Spiritual Growth and Development”. The puja will conclude with Vijaya Dasami tika offerings on 17 October 2010. The Dashain ceremony was declared a national holiday in Bhutan by His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo in 1980.