Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture, has confirmed that the Minister of Economics Affairs of the Kingdom of Bhutan, H.E. Norbu Wangchuk, will personally lead the Bhutan cultural troupe to Seychelles to participate in the 2014 edition of the annual Carnaval International de Victoria on the invitation of the government of Seychelles, particularly on the invitation and personal support from Seychelles Special Envoy for ASEAN His Excellency Mr. Nico Barito.
The 2014 edition of Carnaval International de Victoria will this year be jointly co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte, and South Africa KwaZulu Natal and will see some 20 cultural troupes from the Community of Nations joining together to showcase their respective cultures and in so doing their people in a bid to increase their visibility and ensure they all remain relevant as destinations wanting their tourism industry to remain relevant.
This will be the first time the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan will participate in the Carnaval International de Victoria, and they have said that they will be in Seychelles to show their culture and tradition to the many international visitors in Seychelles and also to the world through the international press who travel to Seychelles to cover the carnival. Bhutan is a unique country, which puts gross national happiness ahead of gross national product. It is the priority of the government to ensure that the wellbeing of its citizens is achieved.
The Kingdom of Bhutan will showcase Joenpalegso during the opening session of the carnival to feature the beginning of a joyous occasion to welcome the distinguished guests in good health. With this dance, dancers wish the blessings of Heaven would fall on the Earth and let there be peace on Earth, along with the Ngaging the mask dance and drum beat to subdue evil spirits.
During the Carnival Parade, visitors will witness the dance of exotic nomadic tribe Merak&Sakteng – Amochilay by the nomadic tribe in eastern Bhutan to appease their local deity to bring harmony, and the Tashi Labey to wish everyone to meet again in good health. The colorful and cheerful folk and mask dances will be performed to celebrate the Carnival and wish everyone, not just those who are present at the Carnival, but everyone on the Earth to be happy.
Bhutan has emerged as one of the most preferred tourist destinations, and its popularity among world travelers is attributed to its pristine environment, its unique culture, and friendly people, and, although it is voted as one of the top travel destinations, very few make it there.
Tourism in Bhutan today is a vibrant business. Similar to Seychelles, tourism in Bhutan adheres to a policy of “high-value, low-impact” tourism, and it is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable, and economically viable. The Royal Government of Bhutan is looking forward to working closely with Seychelles and recognizes that tourism, in affording the opportunity to travel, can help in promoting understanding among people and building closer ties of friendship based on appreciation and respect for different cultures and lifestyles.