Despite the schedules of people in Bhutan, and the fact that many occupations take
up the bulk of one's time, life is still about family, community, and culture.
This is obvious in much of the country, but due to laws regarding dress and lifestyle,
sometimes the true people are not seen. Although in public uniformity often dominates,
in the homes traditions rule in the form of dress, language, foods, and lifestyle.
It is this culture, tradition, and history that is passed down from generation to
generation and is at the heart of the culture.
The government of Bhutan is trying to link the national identity
to the identity of the country's ethnic majority, the Ngalops or Bhotes, and
the Dzongkha language, which is only spoken by about a quarter of the population.
Their efforts have been quite successful and the two are defined in many of the
same ways, however this is only acceptable due to the help of the Dzongkha-speaking
people, many of whom run the country. This "Bhutanese" identity is theoretically
a politically-defined term, but due to pressure, it is also based on ethnicity,
language, and numerous aspects of the local culture including dress and food, both
of which are being pushed on the people no matter their ethnicity.
The ethnic minorities in the country obviously protest this national identity, or
at least how it is defined in terms of ethnicity, language, dress, and food, so
more and more strongly identify with their ethnicity or on another local level.
These minority groups are numerous and each tends to identify with their local language,
dress, food, and other cultural aspects attached to defining each individual ethnicity