Next we were off to The Mall in Washington, DC to visit the 42rd Annual Folklife Festival.
The three features this year are “NASA: Fifty years and Beyond”, “Texas: A Celebration of Music, Food and Wine” AND the reason we were visiting: “Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon” or as it’s also been called “The Last Shangri-la”.
Summers in Washington DC can be really hot and humid, but that doesn’t seem to stop most people! There was a huge turnout. (On average there are 25 million visitors to the national mall each year.)
To our way of thinking…..how many times does the Kingdom of Bhutan (pronounced bOOtän’) come calling!
Bhutan has also been called “the last place on the roof of the world”.
One of their guiding principles is their “gross national happiness”.
This temple was built with very ‘vintage’ looking handmade tools right here on the mall. You can see the famous Washington Monument in the background.
The craftsmanship and artistry are just breathtaking. It will be moved to Texas when the festivities end.
Placing environmental concerns and spiritual wellbeing over rampant capitalism sets this country, just half the size of Indiana, apart .
We had an amazing adventure, both days, full to the brim with new sights and sounds and we took oodles of pictures.