Bhutan is a tiny, mountainous, peaceful country whose declared Gross National Product is "Happiness."
Geopolitically, Bhutan lies between the Chinese dominated country of Tibet to the north and the colossus of India to the south. The fact that neither world power has annexed Bhutan is testimony to its small size, no army and no natural resources except its powerful rivers--and India is building massive dams on many which will inevitably destroy many of the tiny farms and villages that are home to the majority of Bhutanese.
Bhutan is first and foremost Buddhist with a rich history and traditions that live on today in the Dzongs (monasteries) that dominate almost every town and village. Many young children--mostly boys--go to the monasteries at a young age where in exchange for food and education they live an extremely hard life that includes regular beatings by the older boys.
Bhutanese festivals are colorful, day-long affairs with elaborate costumes even in the smallest of villages. Good in the form of the "Black Hat" dancers face off against evil in the form of crematorium workers. People come from miles around with lunch, clowns work the crowd, monks play traditional instruments to accompany the dancing, and all in all everyone has a great time.