Bhutanese new year is known as Dawa Dangpa Losar which literally means the “first month new year” and this is never the same day as the western calendar. It is not even the same day as the Chinese calendar although it may sometimes fall on the same day or shortly after. 2020 is the Year of the Male Iron Rat which is on 24th February as per the astronomical system based on the kalachakra; the wheel of time tantra, which was translated into Tibetan from Sanskrit in 1027 A.D. where the Tibetan year also begin.
May I wish you Happy Losar and Tashi Delek from the depth of my heart to you and your family with this prayer.
May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.
May they be free of suffering and the cause of suffering.
May they never be disassociated from the supreme happiness which is without suffering.
May they remain in the boundless equanimity, free from both attachment to close ones and rejection of others.
The Losar is celebrated mainly in Bhutan, and in Tibet and these days outside of Bhutan by the Bhutanese expats living overseas. The New Year is one of the biggest celebrations in Bhutan which goes on for several days in many parts of the country. Everyone wishes everyone with the greeting “Tashi Delek!,” which is a wish for good health, happiness and good luck for the year ahead.
It is the time of reflection, gratitude, reconciliation and turning of the new leaf to begin another year with renewed hopes and aspirations. The New Year is thus greeted with purity of both mind and body. It is important to start a New Year with positive and noble intentions and auspicious conditions and circumstances, which generate joy and happiness.
On New Year’s morning, people get up really early to wash and make offerings before the breakfast of a specially prepared meal overnight. My family in Bhutan when I visited them arranged day out for a picnic lunch. They prepared varieties of delicious meals at home to take. It is a day that mixes celebration with relaxation where most people would play archery our national game, dego, khuru, etc.
Tashi Delek and may you have a healthy and happy new year.