Traditional Day of Offering is a national public holiday in Bhutan that comes on the first day of the twelfth month, according to Bhutan’s traditional calendar. On the Gregorian Calendar, it comes sometime in January or February.
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Traditional Day of Offering is the day on which Bhutan’s people remember Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who united Bhutan under one government in the 1600’s and who also united Bhutan religiously. He was a revered lama from Tibet who did much to promote Buddhism in Bhutan. His improvements in the military, government, education system, and other areas were also immensely influential.
On Traditional Day of Offering, special offerings are made to the memory of Ngawang Namgyal. It is a day to give thanks for all he did for Bhutan. But it’s also a day to feast with family and friends, donate food to the poor so they can feast too, and to take part in festive archery and other sports events.