Bhutan Wedding Tour Package
A Bhutanese wedding is much more than an exchange of vows and rings. It includes a number of religious rites performed by Buddhist monks and lamas. This represents the importance of the bond between two people. This ceremony is also used for renewing marriage vows.
(Please note this wedding blessing ceremony is not legally recognized outside of Bhutan.)
The actual wedding ceremony and blessings for a lifetime of love and happiness takes place at home. This is followed by visits to sacred temples to make more offerings.
The ceremony begins with a Lhabsang purification ritual in the morning performed by the monks before arriving at the temple.
During the ceremony, monks recite mantras and offer fumigation outside the temple to please the local deities.
Bhutanese believe that only if the local deities are pleased we can have their blessing and enjoy good health and wealth. The fumigation is to please their sense of smell and grains added to the fumigation are to quell their hunger.
Inside the temple butter lamps are lit and prostrations done. The butter lamps are an offering of light to deities and the most common means of increasing merit.
Changphoe is the offering to the gods and deities in a form of liquor. After an offering is made to the deities, the liquor (ara) will then be served to the bride and the groom in a traditional wooden phob (cup), which they will share. This symbolises the faith and everlasting bond the husband and the wife will share for the rest of their lives.
This is followed by exchange of rings, ritual ceremony for a long and prosperous married life, followed by the food offering ceremony called Zhudrey Puensum Tshogpa, which is considered to be very auspicious. The ceremony ends with the Dhar Naynga offering of five colored scarves to the bride and groom for long and prosperous life.