In support and honor those who work with their hands, the “National Zorig Day” was observed on May 14 at the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (NIZC), Thimphu. The day also makes the public aware of the skilled workers in the country.
“Our country’s identity is demonstrated by our traditional arts and crafts, the success over years is a good mark,” the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay said while gracing the National Zorig Day event.
With the growing numbers of the skilled workers, Lyonchhen stated that the quality of the work has been improved, but still needs further improvements when compared to the living crafts and art works set in the old temples and monasteries.
“Not only do the traditional arts and crafts preserve and promote our identity, but also it improves our economy, promoting self-reliance,” Lyonchhen added while thanking the skilled workers across the country.
According to the press release from the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, “On this day, we honour all craftsmen, technicians and artists, whether you are practicing and enhancing the traditional and modern skills, or adding comfort and prosperity through use of your skills in our daily lives, either directly or indirectly.”
During the event, as a thruesel to Pal Dhueki Khorlo (Kalachakra), identified as the deity of skilled workers by His Holiness the Je Khenpo, and a moenlam was chanted. The day also saw the Zorig exhibition that showcased the masterpieces of the talented skilled workers.
Lyonchhen also awarded the diploma certificates to 135 young graduates of 2011, 2012 and 2013.
One of the recipients, Sonam Dorji, 25, is optimist about is career. He is willing to work for about two years under a proprietor and then has plans of starting his own art gallery. He said his profession is in much demand in the market as there was only five skilled workers that passed out from the institute last year.
Another recipient, Dorji Gyeltshen, 24, who passed out in 2011, is currently working with the Department of National Properties. He hopes to remain productive and serve in the government.
Since, 2002, the National Zorig Day has been celebrated in all training institutions across the country every year on 15th day of the 3rd month of the Bhutanese lunar calendar.
The day also observed the lhabsang thruesel of vehicles and machineries at Technical Training Institute, Thimphu and Olakha automobile workshop estate.