Forty-four teachers under Thimphu Thromde attended a six-day training on Driglam Namzha that concluded last Saturday.
The training was coordinated by Department of Culture (DoC) under Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs (MoHCA).
The Department thought that if teachers were trained on Driglam Namzha, they could disseminate their knowledge to a good number of students. But the main objective was to maintain uniformity among the citizens.
“If it works, we are planning to conduct such trainings region-wise,” said the resource person of the training, Driglop Tshering Penjor.
According to one of the participants, a Dzongkha teacher of Jigme Losel Primary School, teachers who were trained learnt a lot of new things about Bhutanese etiquette.
“For instance, we learned the importance and reason of marriage and birthday celebrations. Till now we celebrated blindly without knowing the significance,” he said.
Karma Wangchuk, teacher at Chang Rigphel Lower Secondary School felt that the training was different and conflicted with many lessons he had learnt in the past.
Zomba Lham who wants to pass on her new found knowledge to students said she found the training “really helpful”.
However a participant Wangdi said that acceptance is the primary requirement if Driglam Namzha is to become a norm.
In the training, the key concern raised by the participants was about the wearing of Kabney and Rachu since almost all the participants had pre-conceived notions about how they should go about it.
But the resource person explained that the rules have not changed since the time of the third king. Giving an example, he explained that women usually wear Rachu the normal way at the left shoulder with the fringes at the front in places like offices or dzongs and at various functions.
However when it came to prostrating, receiving blessings and so on, the woman wears the Rachu in two ways: around the neck though the Rachu should enfold the shoulders whereas Royals hold it around their arms.
Till now the DoC has trained 30 batches of people, each comprising 35 participants.