The Buddhist religion runs very strong through every aspect of Bhutanese society. Every day people set aside time to visit a monastery or turn prayer wheels. These wheels can be found in most courtyards housed in buildings such as the one shown in the picture on the right. They are to be turned clockwise and always an odd number of times (the most common being 3, the most auspicious being 108). At monasteries or places of high religious importance the prayer wheels can be over 6 feet in height with chimes attached. It is as these places where it is common to find men, women and children gathered for hours mumbling prayers to Buddha and other deities.
Prayer flags permeate towns and can be found in clusters on hillsides, hanging from bridges or roofs, and on tall poles in front of homes, buildings or playing fields. These are blessed by ministers on special occasions and placed to attract good luck, ward off evil spirits, bless the dead or pray for a healthy harvest. The writing and pictures on the flags varies depending on the reason for the placement and reinforce the prayer wish.