Only and stark difference – this show unlike the glitz and glamour-enthused setting switched to galoshes, plastic gloves and trash bins.
Hold that thought, before you start flipping the Encyclopedia or search Google for a strict definition for fashion.
The event deliberately titled ‘fashion show’ sought to drive home the point that there could be nothing more fashionable than clean stink-free surroundings and drains that are not clogged with all the filth and stench in the world.
Some 80 people on the last pedestrian day in Thimphu participated in a clean-up program in 16 different areas as part of the event titled as above.
As part of the cleaning campaign the group took to clean the dirtiest areas particularly the drains where they dressed up uniformly in rubber boots and carted shovels over various places in the capital.
‘Fashion show’ here implies the work done by various people out of their own interest and most importantly showing the people an example of dignity of labor.
The event is not strictly Thimphu-confined and will be seen all over 20 Dzongkhags.
This was possible only after the launch of GNH-based Road show for 20 Dzongkhags which was inaugurated by Agriculture Minister Dr. Pema Gyamtsho coinciding with the first anniversary of the Royal Couple.
The event Organizer from Druk Ecom Ugyen Gyeltshen explained the focus on the focus on drains.
He said it is because it affects both living and non-living as there are various kinds of wastes present in the drains and people throw various wastes in the drains.
“Moreover though so many cleaning campaigns take place they only focus on papers lying on the ground but not on drains,” he said.
Under the GNH-based Road shows, apart from the dignity of labor fashion shows it also has ‘Theme-Based Event’ where face to face communication takes place with people coinciding with festivals and celebrations where huge crowd will gather. This will aid in the effective communication of the issues like health, gender, environment, domestic violence and many more.
Here, different methods of communication are being used to convince the people.
Organizer Ugyen Gyeltshen said the campaign is to educate and inform the people as well as involve them for the cause of society. The theme “Society’s Problem, My Problem” is being promoted across the country.
“It is more of transformation into reality rather than sticking only to theories and moreover it needs to be executed practically,” he added.
The first event of fashion show on dignity of labor has been conducted yesterday, the next place targeted is Gelephu coinciding with the 11 November celebrations which is just around the corner. Also a Wang ceremony will also be in session in the Dungkhag.
At the end of the day, the participants were awarded certificates of appreciation and were paid Nu 200 each. The participants were provided with breakfast and lunch along with refreshments during the day.
A 28 year old monk Penjor who graduated from Sangchenchoekhor Buddhist College, Paro and currently doing his masters in Tango University said he was very happy being part of the event.
Penjor also participated in the cleaning campaign earlier during his orientation days.
He said that even in the religious contexts, cleanliness is top priority.
The first fashion show on dignity of labor was supported by Bhutan postal corporation Ltd, S.T.K Earth Moving Equipments, National Environment Commission (NEC), Ministry of Labor & Human Resources (MoLHR), Thimphu Thromde and the Private sector as well.