Bhutan will be hosting the annual Black-Necked crane festival on November 11 coinciding with the birth anniversary of Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuk.
The festival will be held at the courtyard of Gantey Monastery, in Phobjikha. The festival is mainly dedicated to the conservation of the black-necked crane. It is a joint effort of the Phobjikha community to create an awareness and understanding of the importance of conserving the endangered black-necked cranes.
The festival, which originated in 1998 is organised to strengthen the links between conservation, economic welfare and sustainable livelihoods of the community and to provide an avenue for the local community to renew their commitment to the conservation of the black-necked cranes and to showcase their cultural heritage and skills.