In our last article on Bhutan facts we learned quite a few interesting things including its national animal, its unique method of measuring success, its unique approach towards environment etc. However, we were far from being done. This tiny little country has a lot more. In this article on fascinating Bhutan facts, we will go through a few more with a lingering promise of returning with even more fascinating facts about the country. So, let us begin…
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1. Only in official correspondences where English is used, the name ‘Bhutan’ is used. The real official name used by the country is Druk Yul. This has been the official name of the country since 17th century.
2. Bhutan has several other names in different local dialects that are prevalent in the nation. A few of those names include: Mon, Potente, Cambirasi, Broukpa and Lho Men Jong. The last one literally translates into ‘Southland of the Herbs’.
3. Did you know that Bhutan is the prime territory of the elusive (most likely mythical) creature called Yeti? Till mid-sixties, the Bhutanese people believed in Yeti so much that they even released as postal stamp with Yeti image (not a real image because no one ever saw it) on it in year 1966. This belief has been on decline after that.
4. In Bhutan everyone has the same birthday and it the New Year. Every year on the New Year, all citizens of Bhutan become a year older. No one actually cares or perhaps don’t remember their actual age or birth date!
5. In Bhutan, you won’t really get white rice because there, the ‘red rice’ is popular. With a nuttier flavor, the rice is known for quick cooking and sticky texture. Once cooked, the rice assumes a deep pink color. It is actually really healthy.
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6. The name ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ possible came from the fierce storms that often roll in on the nation from the Himalayas.
7. The origin of the name Bhutan is kind of debatable. Some say that it came from the Sanskrit word called Bhotanta where Bho actually is the name of Tibet and Bhotanta means ‘End of Tibet’. Others however believe that the name came from another Sanskrit word called Bhu-uttan which means ‘Highlands’.
8. Want to be really polite in Bhutan? Just decline food when someone offers it to you. Utter the words ‘meshu meshu’ and immediately cover your mouth with your hands. It is a good manner in the nation. However, one can accept the food once pushed for it for a few times.
9. In Bhutan, the law forbids its citizens from marrying a foreigner. Also, homosexuality is not acceptable by law. On the contrary, polygamy is acceptable but is rarely practiced and guess what? There are signboards here are there asking people to keep just one sex partner.
10. It is mandatory in Bhutan to wear traditional dresses on formal occasions, in government buildings and in schools. It is one way of preserving the culture of Bhutan. The traditional dress of men is known as Gho while for women, it is called Kira.