Ministry observes 16th National Zorig Day

Hon’ble Lyonpo, Ngeema Sangay Tshempo graced the 16th Zorig day as a chief guest to honour skilled workers and recognize their skills in National Institute of Zorig Chusum today.

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Zorig Day Message from Hon’ble Minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo

It gives me immense pleasure to join all our Bhutanese artisans of thirteen arts and crafts of Bhutan on this 16thauspicious National Zorig Day falling on 10th May 2017 corresponding with the 15th day of the third month of Bhutanese calendar.

The significance of the Zorig Day is embedded in our rich cultural heritage left to us by the ingenious and artistic scholars and leaders of the past. Fifty four Desis ruled Bhutan and it was during the tenure of the second Desi Tenzin Drukdra (1656-1668) that the arts and crafts of Bhutan received recognition and grew popular. Lhadri (painting) & Jimzo (sculpture) were promoted and the school of arts and crafts was institutionalized. Under the patronage of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the indigenous technology of Bhutan was categorized into thirteen different trades.

The first Zorig Day was celebrated in 2002 and we continue to celebrate it as a nationwide event. Zorig Day is a tribute to Bhutanese artisans, craftsman, technician, engineers and Zorigpas of all occupations. These are the people who help develop, shape, preserve and promote our culture, tradition, modernization and economy.

With the development of Zorig it brings economic development through skilling and employment which can even curve social unrest especially amongst youth. And will make the country a knowledge and skill based society which is a major focus of our government. We must not forget to thank the father of modern Bhutan, His Majesty the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, whose farsighted vision culminated into the advent of technical and vocational education. The present day Zorig School located at Kawajangsa, Thimphu was also a noble initiative of the late King in the year 1971, which still remains as a premiere institute of Zorig.

As much as the traditional skills have created our identity we have new class of skilled workers who help to function our economy and society in the modern era. They are mechanics, ICT technicians, electricians, plumbers, metal workers, drivers, pilots, beauticians, engineers, etc. The traditional and the modern skills blend together providing diversity and thus enriching modern ways of life.

Therefore, I urge all the people of 20 Dzongkhags, especially entrepreneurs at all levels of production and manufacturing industries, automobile workshops, vehicle owners to seek blessings from our Zorig Deity Pal Dueki Khorlo for occupational health and safety. I also would like to take this opportunity to thank and extend my deepest appreciation to all our Zorig instructors and all the Zorigpas in the country who play a vital role in preserving our age old tradition.


Tashi Delek!