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Bho Yak

Chele La Pass | Haa
Horse riding

Bho Yak

  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Place: Jankakha, Haa

The Festival is also popularly celebrated as ‘AP Chundu’s’ birthday. The festival begins at Lhakhang Karpo, the residence of the local deity.  As early as 2.30 am, the monastic body recites prayers to appease Ap Chundu until 5.30 am. After that, Ap Chundu’s ride, a well-decorated horse, is brought to the Lhakhang from the new dzong area and a cleansing ceremony is performed.

Bho Yak Insight into Festival Duration, Dates, & Features

Features

This popular event is celebrated over a course of three days at the Talo Monastery. The festival dates are mentioned below.

Bho Yak Festival Dates for 2023
  • Starting Date: 21st October 2023
  • Ending Date: 21st October 2023
Insights

The event begins at Lhakhang Karpo, the local deity’s abode. The monastic body begins praying to Ap Chundu at 2:30 a.m. and continues until 5:30 a.m.

Ap Chundu’s ride, a beautifully painted horse, is then brought to the lhakhang from the new dzong region, and a purification rite is performed.

Highlights

Festival Packages

Duration: 9 Days

Duration: 9 Days

Duration: 9 Days

Duration: 9 Days

Bho Yak

Jankakha, Upper valley, Haa

Bho Yak is also popularly celebrated as ‘AP Chundu’s’ birthday. The festival begins at Lhakhang Karpo, the residence of the local deity. As early as 2.30 am, the monastic body recites prayers to appease Ap Chundu until 5.30 am. After that, Ap Chundu’s ride, a well-decorated horse, is brought to the Lhakhang from the new dzong area and a cleansing ceremony is performed.

Led in a traditional ‘Chipdrel’ procession with sounds of drums, bells, and singing of melodious traditional songs of praises and well wishes for all sentient beings, Ap Chundu is then ushered to Jankakha, the place where the actual event for the day is held.

As the Chipdrel proceeds, it is compulsory that they stop at the old Haa dzong for the marchang ceremony. Stopping at around six different places on the way for the traditional ‘Marchang Ceremony’ (wine-offering ceremony), the procession takes around four hours and covers around 10 km, making it the longest Chipdrel procession in the country.

The procession is then greeted by a cheerful crowd dressed in their best colorful attire at Jankakha.

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