A cleaning campaign themed ‘A Tribute to K4, Let Us Adopt R4’ was initiated by the people of Bumthang on March 26, as part of the Peling Tsechu,which begins from Sunday. It is aimed at advocating waste management awareness by adopting the R4 strategy of reduce, reuse, recycle and refuse.
The Peling Tsechu, conducted for the first time in the country, is dedi¬cated to the celebration the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. It is held under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, and co-ordinated by the People’s Initiative in
Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary (PICSA).
According to project coordinator of PISCA, Karma Tshering, the entire population in Bumthang cooperated in the cleaning campaign. “The one-day cleaning campaign was a part of their contribution for the upcoming three -day Peling Tsechu for which they aim to make Bumthang a clean and pros¬perous dzongkhag,” Karma Tshering said.
Karma Tshering said he was sur-prised to see that Choekhor gewog, alone, had collected more than 20 trucks of wastes. The entire wastes collected from the four gewogs in Bumthang are piled up in the Cham-khar ground. “We have contacted the
GreenerWay and they will be segre-gating the waste. The waste collection will be annual event,” said the project coordinator.
The three-day Peling Tsechu will be conducted at the Wangdicholing Palace. The Peling Tsechu may not be held for another decade after its debut this year.
A press release from PISCA states that the Peling traditions from all over the country will come together in a homogenous platform coinciding with the birth anniversary of Kuenkhen Longchen Rabjam, the earlier incarnation of Tertoen Pema Lingpa. The Tse¬chu is no less than marking the birth anniversary of Pema Lingpa himself.
Pema Lingpa, an important religious personality born in Bumthang, is worshipped as a great saint and the spiritual heir of Guru Rimpoche.
The release also states that the event symbolic as it is dedicated in com-memorating the Sixtieth Birth Anni-versary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, a descendent of Pema Lingpa. Apart from the welfare of all sentient beings, Peling Tsechu is conducted for the longevity and good health of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. Moreover, the Wangdicholing Palace is also the seat of the First and Sec¬ond Kings of Bhutan, which makes it a historical abode. The festival is also to honour the immense contribution of the Monarchy in paving the way for peace and stability in Bhutan.