Tsum Valley Festival was inaugurated by Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai in Chekkampur, Gorkha District yesterday (25th April). During the inaugural ceremony venerable Lama Ngawang Khenrap Drukpa Rinpoche, the re-incarnation of the then Lama Sherap Dorje Drukpa Rinpochhe, declared Tsum Valley as a valley of non-violence. In Tsum Valley, locals refrain from killing animals. This custom came into practice in 1920 when Tsum Valley experienced a severe drought and many people died of starvation. Seeing how the people were suffering , the then Lama Sherap Dorje Drukpa Rinpochhe prohibited local people from slaughtering animals. The local people, nuns and monks readily obeyed him and signed a document written in their local language to this effect. They reaffirmed their commitment again in 1972. In 2009, the local people in Tsum Valley expressed a desire to continue this commitment as part of their Buddhist faith. Now in 2012, continuing with their tradition, Tsum valley has been declared a non-violent zone.
The Tsum Valley Festival will run till 27th April and will showcase the unique culture of Tsum Valley through cultural programmes (dances, songs, rituals).Indegenous local products will also be exhibited during the festival.