“When I was a child, I really looked forward to Nyim-lo (winter solstice). In our part of the world it is considered as the returning of the sun signifying the New Year. The day would start with rice porridge and yak cheese, followed by suja or butter tea. We must wear a new item of clothing if possible and the day before, we would take a bath and wash our clothes to cleanse ourselves of the old year and get ready to enter a new one. Folks celebrate the day with archery tournaments the children form groups to go from house to house singing New Year greetings.

As a child I would join a village team to sing the New Year greetings. The female head of each house would give us gifts of foodstuffs. This tradition gave us the opportunity to cook for ourselves at least once a year. The New Year greeting verses that we sang during my childhood described the farmhouse. We started by chanting, “Lolay Lolay” which is a wish for a Good Year. Next, we wished the house to have a courtyard full of horses and basement filled with cattle. Then we wished for the coop to be filled with poultry and the terrace full of firewood. Then we wished the thab-tsang filled with parents and yuen-chung with children. The stores were wished with goodies and the altar was full of relics. The attics overflow with utilities and a roof top adorned with the newest flag. Having sang those, we teased the matriarch as someone adorned with luck. We teased her picking the golden keys and the silver container. We then requested for rice meat and butter. After the matriarch gave the gifts we shouted “Lolay Phue-gang” meaning a great year with overflowing wealth.

Our part of the world enjoyed good security, management and happiness through a matriarch. As depicted in the verses the matriarch is the luck adorned, generous and held the golden keys.”

📸  YeewongBhutan

Lolay Lyrics

༄༅། ། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།

བརྒལ་སྒོ་རྟ་གིས་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།
ཨོག་ཁང་ནོར་གྱིས་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།
བར་ཁྱིམ་རྒྱུ་གིས་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།
གོན་ཐེངས་ཨ་ལོས་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།

ཐབ་ཚང་ཨ་མས་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།
ཡོག་ཅུང་བུ་དང་བུམོ་གིས་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།
ཤ་ཚང་ཤ་གིས་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།
མར་ཚང་མར་གྱིས་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།
མཆོད་བཤམ་སྐུ་རྟེན་གསུང་རྟེན་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།

ཐོག་ཁང་ལྡིང་རིས་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།
ལྡིང་རིས་ཁྱིམ་ཐོག་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།
ཁྱིམ་ཐོག་དར་ཤིང་གིས་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།
དར་ཤིང་འཁོར་ལོས་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།

འཁོར་ལོ་རལ་གྲིས་གང་སོང་། ལོ་ལེགས་ ལོ་ལེགས།


ཨམ་དཔལ་སྒྲོན་དང་ཨཔ་རྡོེ་ལས་ བུ་གསེར་གྱི་རྡོེ་དང་ བུམ་གསེར་གྱི་མེ་ཏོག་ཅིག་ ལེགས་པས་གོ།

ལོ་དོ་ཅི་ཡང་ལེགས་ སང་ཕོད་ཡང་ལེགས་པར་ཤོག་ཅིག།

Wishing everyone a Happy Nyilo ☀️❣️


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