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Festivals in Bhutan

Tshechu is a religious festival meaning "tenth day" of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche held annually in various Temples, Monasteries and Dzongs throughout the country. The Month depends upon the place to place and temple to temple.

Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.

It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages they are performed jointly by monks and village men.

Two of the most popular Tshechus in the country are the Paro and Thimphu Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.These are four day festival with the last day marked by unfurling of the Throngdel, a very large scroll painting or Thangkha early in the morning.

Festival Dates for 2017 - Updated - As provided by Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators

Name Town Start Date End Date
Punakha Drubchen Punakha Mar 02, 2017 Mar 06, 2017
Punakha Tshechu Punakha Mar 07, 2017 Mar 09, 2017
Gomphu Kora Trashi Yangtse Apr 04, 2017 Apr 06, 2017
Paro Tshechu Paro Apr 07, 2017 Apr 11, 2017
Chhorten Kora Trashi Yangtse Apr 11, 2017 Apr 26, 2017
Rhododendron Festival Thimphu Apr 18, 2017 Apr 20, 2017
Ura Yakchoe Bumthang May 07, 2017 May 10, 2017
Nimalung Tshechu Bumthang Jul 01, 2017 Jul 03, 2017
Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang Jul 03, 2017  
Thimphu Drubchen Thimphu Sep 25, 2017 Sep 29, 2017
Wangdue Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang Sep 28, 2017 Sep 30, 2017
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Bumthang Sep 30, 2017 Oct 02, 2017
Thimphu Tshechu Thimphu Sep 30, 2017 Oct 02, 2017
Thangbi Mani Bumthang Oct 04, 2017 Oct 06, 2017
Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Nov 01, 2017 Nov 03, 2017
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang Nov 03, 2017 Nov 06, 2017
Prakhar Duchhoed Bumthang Nov 04, 2017 Nov 06, 2017
Black Necked Crane Festival Wangdue Phodrang Nov 11, 2017  
Mongar Tshechu Mongar Nov 25, 2017 Nov 28, 2017
Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Nov 26, 2017 Nov 29, 2017
Jambay Lakhang Singye Cham Bumthang Dec 03, 2017  
Nalakhar Tshechu Bumthang Dec 03, 2017 Dec 05, 2017
Druk Wangyel Tshechu Thimphu Dec 13, 2017  
Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dec 25, 2017 Dec 28, 2017
Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dec 25, 2017 Dec 28, 2017

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