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Bhutan Festivals

The Tshechus are Bhutanese festivals held every year in various temples monasteries and dzongs across the country at different times of the year which can last upto four days. The Tshechu is mainly a religious event celebrated on the tenth day of a month of lunar calendar corresponding to the birth day of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava).

Tshechus are large social gatherings where people from various villages come together to witness the religious mask dances which are based on incidents from as long as 8th century.  The event consists of colorful masked dances, Bhutanese dances and other entertainments.

It is said that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to receive the blessings and wash away the sins. Every mask dances performed during Tshechu has a meaning or a story behind.

These festivals are visually stunning and will give visitors an insight into the vibrant and rich culture of the country.

TENTATIVE BHUTAN FESTIVAL DATES

Sl.No Festival Place Date
1 PUNAKHA DRUBCHHEN Punakha Dzong,
PUNAKHA
15th – 19th February
2 PUNAKHA TSHECHU Punakha Dzong,
PUNAKHA
20th – 22nd February
3 CHHORTEN KORA Chorten Kora,
TRASHI YANGTSE
25th February & 11th March
4 GOMPHUKORA Gom Kora Lhakhang,
TRASHIGANG
20th – 22nd March
5 PARO TSHECHU Rinpung Dzong,
PARO
23rd – 27th March
6 CHHUKHA TSHECHU Chhukha Dzong,CHHUKHA 25th – 27th March
7 URA YAKCHOE Ura Lhakhang,BUMTHANG 21st – 25th April
8 NIMALUNG TSHECHU Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi,
BUMTHANG
16th – 18th June
9 KURJEY TSHECHU Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor,
BUMTHANG
18th June
10 THIMPHU DRUBCHEN Tashichho Dzong,
THIMPHU
9th – 13th September
11 WANGDUE TSHECHU Wangdi Dzong,
WANGDUEPHODRANG
12th – 14th September
12 TAMSHING PHALACHHOEPA Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor,
BUMTHANG
13th – 15th September
13 THIMPHU TSHECHU Tashichho Dzong,
THIMPHU
14th – 16th September
14 THANGBI MANI Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor,
BUMTHANG
18th – 20th September
15 JAMBAY LHAKHANGDRUP Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor,BUMTHANG 18th – 22nd October
16 PRAKHAR DUCHHOED Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi,
BUMTHANG
19th – 21st October
17 CRANE FESTIVAL Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,
WANGDUEPHODRANG
11th November
18 MONGAR TSHECHU Mongar Dzong,
MONGAR
9th – 12th November
19 PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU Pemagatshel Dzong,
PEMAGATSHEL
9th – 12th November
20 TRASHIGANG TSHECHU Trashigang Dzong,
TRSASHIGANG
10th – 13th November
21 NALAKHAR TSHECHU Nga Lhakhang, Choekhor,
BUMTHANG
17th – 19th November
22 TRONGSA TSHECHU Trongsa Dzong,
TRONGSA
9th – 11th January 2014
23 LHUENTSE TSHECHU Lhuentse Dzong,
LHUENTSE
9th – 11th January 2014

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