Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A good day to start a journey?

Which day is best for hoisting prayer flags, for welcoming a guest or for starting a new business? How can I do everything to make sure my wedding, important meeting or land sale goes well?

To find the most auspicious day to do something, you might consult the zakar. Zakar is the Bhutanese version of a horoscope, based on astrological predictions. Zakar are published in newspapers on a weekly forecast to allow people to plan for the coming week. Both favourable days and unfavourable days are indicated for different tasks and decisions. And just like western-style horoscopes, the different newspapers may contain different interpretations of the zakar. Why not compare BBS's zakar with Bhutan Observer's?

So, what happens if the one day you must do something is shown to be inauspicious? Well, there are ways around it. For example, if its not advised to shift to a new home on the day you've hired people to move your furniture, you can cheat a little by taking some items over to your new home on an earlier, more favourable day. What if you're setting off on a long journey tomorrow but the zakar tells you tomorrow is inauspicious for travel? You can pack your suitcases and put them in the car tonight - it means you've already started the journey!

early morning Paro

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