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Festival and Events in Bhutan

Festivals in Bhutan are rich and happy expressions of its ancient Buddhist culture. These festivals are held in all districts of Bhutan in honour of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Tsechus are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar, and last up to four days in which a series of highly stylised masked dance rituals are performed.

Behind the scenes, the monks prepare themselves for weeks ahead of the festival, involved in deep prayer and meditation prior to the festival. The monks perform special masked dances that are inspirations of enlightened beings in history; and the Bhutanese believe that watching these mystical dances is essential to gain enlightenment.

All Bhutanese try to attend a festival at least once in a lifetime, and for many, it is an important annual affair where they consider it a blessing to be able to watch the dances. Apart from the monks, community dancers also participate in the local festivals.

The tsechus are a rich form of the oral history tradition where the Bhutanese pass on values, mythology and spiritual beliefs through the dance dramas. Many of the tsechus culminate with a rare display of a giant silk applique thangkha (painting) depicting Guru Padmasambava or some other important Buddhist deity.

People’s deep faith and devotion make these festivals a special occasion. At the same time, it is also an opportunity to join hundreds, and even thousands, of Bhutanese in taking part in an important religious and social occasion that often exudes a carnival atmosphere.

TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2018

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FESTIVAL PLACE DATES

1

Punakha Drubchen

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

22nd –24th Feb

2

Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

25th –27th Feb

3

Chhorten Kora

Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe

2nd March & 17th March

4

Gomphukora

Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang

24th – 26th March

5

Paro Tshechu

Rinpung Dzong, Paro

27th –31st March

6

Ura Yakchoe

Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang

27th – 29th April

7

Nimalung Tshechu

Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, Bumthang

21st –23rd June

8

Kurjey Tshechu

Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

23rd June

9

Thimphu Drubchen

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu

15th –18th Sept

10

Wangdue Tshechu

Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang

17th –19th Sept

11

Tamshing Phala Chhoepa

Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

19th – 21st Sept

12

Thimphu Tshechu

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu

19th –21st Sept

13

Thangbi Mani

Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang

23rd – 25th Sept

14

Chhukha Tshechu

Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha

17th –19th Oct

15

Jambay Lhakhang Drup

Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

24th –27th Oct

16

Prakhar Duchhoed

Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang

25th – 27th Oct

17

Black Necked Crane Festival

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang

11th Nov

18

Mongar Tshechu

Mongar Dzong, Mongar

16th –18th Nov

19

Pemagatshel Tshechu

Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel

16th –18th Nov

20

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang

17th –19th Nov

21

Nalakhar Tshechu

Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

23rd –25th Nov

22

Druk Wangyel Tshechu

Dochula, Thimphu

13th Dec

23

Trongsa Tshechu

Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa

15th – 17th Dec

24

Lhuentse Tshechu

Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse

15th – 17th Dec

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