On October 8 and 9, 2014 the village of Dangochong at the base of Mt. Jomolhari came alive with festivities as the residents of three mountain communities came together to celebrate the second Jomolhari Mountain Festival. Colorful tents and flags decked the village to showcase local culture. International participants included the Snow Leopard Conservancy, who had their own stall, and Karma Quest, a US-based travel company. Several tourists also participated in the festivities.
The annual festival is organized by the Jigme Dorji National Park and local communities to celebrate local culture, to enhance tourism, and to create awareness about snow leopard conservation. This year, the Department of Livestock Services organized a dog show to emphasize care and protection of the local mastiff guard dogs. Other activities included horse races, a strongman competition, traditional dances, and conservation skits by local school children.
According to many villagers, including Kencho Dorji, the village headman, the festival is one of the few times the whole community leaves their work aside and gather to enjoy each other’s company. This year’s festival received support from the Bhutan Foundation and the Snow Leopard Conservancy. Next year, the Tourism Council of Bhutan will host the festival.
Find out more about the festival here.