“I’m a 13 year old middle schooler, and one of the youngest Pazaps here. My apa and agay have been doing this for many years now. I’ve followed them here to the Punakha Dromche for the past 5 years. This year, I finally get to be one of the Pazaps instead of just a spectator! My agay became a Pazab at the age of 25. He was a Zimbae twice in his life and now a Gup. My apa followed in his father’s footsteps when he was around my age. He was a Zimbae for almost 8 years. I’ve always been proud of the fact that my family has been involved in such an important tradition of our country. I want to be as amazing and popular as them as a Pazap.
Apart from that, I want to be a footballer. I practice football for the rest of the year when I’m not practicing for the Dromche.

 

Some Pazaps are jokers while others may be serious. I aspire to be the latter one. My apa is doing very well as of now and I want to learn all that I can from him. It is also a lot of fun. If one of us makes a mistake, he gets a fun punishment at the end of the day. He’s made to go into a tub full of water and use dry grass as soap. It’s meant to teach him to never make the same mistake again while also not being too harsh. Young people like us need to take care of traditions like the Dromche. If we fail, they might slowly disappear. People might lose interest if we don’t learn and carry it forward. And because I know just how important and fun it is, I do not want that to happen. When I’m back in school after the break, I’ll share my experiences with my friends. Maybe some of them will be interested enough to participate next year. There are so many things to learn here, and so much experience to be had. Coming here has helped boost my confidence. To all the young people like me, I would advise them to come forward and show people just how capable you are. Together we can make sure our culture stays as glorious as it has been for years, while also learning something new for ourselves.”

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