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Bhutan Festival Tours

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Bhutan Festival Tours

Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “tenth day” held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country.

Bhutan Festival Tours

The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from 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.

Bhutan Festival Dates - 2019

DATE FESTIVAL PLACE
11th – 13th Feb Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha
14th – 17th Feb Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha
19th Feb Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang
14th – 16th March Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang
14th – 16th March Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa, Punakha
14th – 16th March Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa
14th – 17th March Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang
17th – 21st March Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro
21st March & 5th April Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe
19th – 21st April Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu
14th – 16th April Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chumni, Bumthang
16th – 20th April Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang
09th – 11th July Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang, Chumni, Bumthang
11th July Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang
13th & 14th July Haa Summer Festival Haa
15th & 16th Aug Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu.
23rd & 24th Aug Masutaki Mushroom Festival Ura, Bumthang
7th Sept Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang to Thimphu
4th Oct Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu
6th – 8th Oct Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang
8th – 10th Oct Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing lhakhang, Bumthang
8th – 10th Oct Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu
10th – 13th Oct Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang (Thongdral on last day)
11th – 14th Oct Thangbi Mani Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang
14th & 15th Oct Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu
6th – 8th Nov Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha
5th – 7th Nov Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang
13th – 16th Nov Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang
14th – 16th Nov Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang
7th Nov Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu
11th Nov Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang
4th – 6th Dec Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar
4th – 6th Dec Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang
12th Dec Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang
11th – 13 Nov Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel
12th – 14th Dec Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang
13th Dec Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula , Thimphu
4th – 7th Jan, 2020 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa
4th – 7th Jan, 2020 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse
10th – 12th Jan, 2020 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa

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