1. National Sport

Archery is the National Sport of Bhutan. Bow and arrow were an important means of survival in the highlands during war and on hunts. Today, Archery is played during local festivals, religious and secular public holidays in Bhutan.

2. National Bird

Raven, the big black bird with shining feathers, hoarse voice, and playful nature is sacred and is national bird of Bhutan. More profoundly, it is the symbol of the country’s guardian deity Yeshey Gonpo and the Raven head takes pride of place on top of the King’s Crown. The Raven Crown symbolizes the sacred nature of Bhutanese Kingship.

3) National Animal

Associated with religious history and mythology, Takin is the national animal. It is a very rare mammal with a thick neck and short muscular legs. It lives in groups and is found above 4000 meters and feed on a variety of leaves and grasses, as well as bamboo shoots and flowers.

4. National Flower

Meconopsis gakyidiana, a species of Blue poppy and native to Bhutan is the national flower. Curator Rinchen Yangzom decided on a new name and it was given a dzongkha name ‘Gakyid’. The name was inspired by the concept of GNH.

5. National Tree

The national tree is the cypress.Cypresses is found in abundance and Bhutanese consider the cypress sacred and held it in great reverence. Cypress is often planted outside monasteries, dzongs and religious places and its wood and branches has been used as incense for thousands of years.

6. National Dress

Gho, for men, and kira, for women, are national dress of Bhutan. All Bhutanese, except monks and nuns, are required to wear national dress in schools, government offices and on formal occasions. It is also customary to wear national dress while joining festivals and visiting temples, monasteries and Dzongs.

7. National Dish

Ema Datshi (chili and cheese) is recognized as a national dish though meat is highly revered. The dish is prepared with chili as the main ingredient. Any kind of chili (green, red, or dried) can be used. Butter/oil and cheese and salt are added to balance the hotness of chili.

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