This week in music class All Around This World travels to Bhutan, a purposefully distant Himalayan land.
— OVERVIEW: Bhutan is an ancient kingdom secluded high in the Himalayas with unique customs and people with deeply held beliefs . . .”
— MUSIC: The majority of music performed in Bhutan today is still traditional, accompanying Buddhist rituals and/or celebrating the King . . .
— LANGUAGE: The three most commonly spoken languages in Bhutan are Dzongha in the west, Sharchopka in the east . . .
— IMAGES: Though Bhutan’s leaders carefully control the number of tourists, they don’t control the number of pictures those tourists take and upload to Flickr . . .
— WHEN YOU GO THERE: Traveling to Bhutan is complicated. While Bhutan doesn’t actually keep quotas of tourists, foreign visitors must pay substantial fees to government-approved tour companies for the privilege . . .
— BLESSED RAINY DAY: In music class during our week of Bhutanese exploration we enjoy the Bhutanese holiday called Blessed Rainy Day, which celebrates the end of monsoon season in Bhutan