Bhutan Festivals


Festivals (Tshechu) are important events and celebrated through Bhutan. The term ‘Tshechu’ literally translates into 10th day of Bhutanese lunar calendarin commemoration of events of Guru Rimpoche which is considered very auspicious. During Tshechus, the chaams (religious dances) are performed by either by monks or by lay men. The most popular religious festivals are Domchen and Tshechus, which are held annually in different part of country. They are many local communities distinct to different villages that attract crowds from the remotest of villages. The festivals are important religious and social gathering. It is believed, by attending them one gain merit and blessing. People turn up for the festival in their finest cloth and jewelry.

The religious dance festivals are marked by masked dancers striking brocade costumes. They last two-five days and take place in court yards of the dzongs, Gompas and chortens. Its dance has its own significance and is performed by monks and villages. The Tshechu is usually ended with the display of Thongdrel (large scroll painting) of deities and saints which is believed to liberate people just by a mere glimpse of it.

The most popular festivals that attract foreign visitors are held in Paro during spring and in Thimphu and Bumthang during autumn. The famous naked dance and includes exotic fire dances which are intended to help childless women conceive.


2. PELDEN LHAMOI DRUPCHEN/ FESTIVAL OF MAHAKALI Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 25th - 27th February
3. DRUBCHEN Punakha Dzong, Punakha 24th - 28th February
4. PHURBA DUBCHEN Doedel Pemacholing Lhakhang, Ramjar, Trashi Yangtse 26th February - 7th March
5. TRASHIYANGTSE ANNUAL TSHECHU Tokaphu Lhakhang, Tongzhang, Trashi Yangtse 27th February - 1st March
6. KHENGZOR TSHECHU Khengzor Lhakhang, Khar, Pemagatshel 28th February - 2nd March
7. LICHIBI TSECHU Lichibi, Zhemgang 1st March
8. PUNAKHA TSHECHU Punakha Dzong, Punakha 1st - 3rd March
9. NAKTSHANG TSECHU Nyalamdung Naktshang, Khoma, Lhuntse 1st - 5th March
10 NGANGLAM TSHECHU Nganglam Lhakhang, Zobel, Pemagatshel 5th - 7th March
11 TANGSIBI MANI Tangsibi Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang 6th - 10th March
12 THARPALING THONGDROL Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumey,Bumthang 7th March
13 CHENGA KORA Chorten Kora, Trashi Yangtse 7th March
14 ZHURI DUECHOED Zhuri Lhakhang, Chumey, Bumthang 17th - 18th March
15 GAYDEN CHOEDPA Gayden Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang 19th - 21st March
16 NAMGANG KORA Chorten Kora, Trashi Yangtse 21st March
17 KHARPHU LHASOL BjokaTrong, Zhemgang 24th March
18 ZHEMGANG DZONGKHAG TSECHU Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 28th - 31st March
19 GASA TSECHU Gasa Dzong, Gasa 28th - 31st March
20 TSIRANG TSHECHU Ragbey Dratshang, Tsirang 29th - 31st March
21 TALO TSECHU Talo Monastry, Punakha 29th - 31st March
22 GOMKORA TSHECHU Gomphu Kora, Trashi Yangtse 31st March
23 PREWCHOED Buli/Tali/Nangkhor, Zhemgang 31st March
25 DZONGDRA TSHECHU Dzongdrakha Lhakhang, Luni, Paro 31st March - 7th April
26 PARO TSHECHU CHHENMO Ringpung Deyangkha, Paro 2nd - 6th April
27 KHOMSHAR TSECHU Khomshar, Zhemgang 6th - 8th April
28 RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu 17th - 19th April
29 RAWABI TSHECHU Rawabi Goenpa, Maenbi, Lhuentse 28th - 30th April
30 TASHICHOLING LHAKHANG TSHECHU Tashicholing Lhakhang, Yurung, Pemagatshel 28th - 30th April
31 DUNGKHAR TSHECHU Dungkhar Lhakhang, Khar, Pemagatshel 28th April - 1st May
32 DUNGMED TSHECHU Dungmed Lhakhang, Pemagatshel 28th - 30th April
33 NEYPHU MANI NeyphuGoenpa Shaba Gewog 30th April
34 DOMKHAR TSHECHU Domkhar Lhakhang, Chumey, Bumthang 30th April - 2nd May
35 URA YAKCHOED Ura Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang 2nd - 6th May
36 DUMATI TSECHU Dumati, Lichibi, Zhemgang 14th May
37 DOLAY DRUPCHEN Taktshang Pelphu 20th - 30th May
38 PREW KHOWCHUNG Gangzur, Lhuntse 30th May
39 PREW Jasabi, Kurtoe, Lhuentse 30th May - 1st June
40 BONCHOED Trong/Dangkhar, Zhemgang 3rd June
41 ZOBEL TSHECHU Zobel Lhakhang, Zobel, Pemagatshel 2nd - 4th June
42 DER-CHOED Bjoka Trong, Zhemgang 25th - 28th June
43 DECHENLING TSHECHU Dechenling Lhakhang, Dechenling, Pemagatshel 26th - 28th June
44 NIMALUNG TSHECHU Nimalung Dratshang, Bumthang 26th - 28th June
45 DUNGSINGMA TSHECHU Dungsingma, Yurung Pemagatshel 28th June
46 KURJEY TSHECHU Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 28th June
47 KHAMDANG TENDRA TSHECHU Shaksing Goenpa, Khamdang, Trashi Yangtse 27& 28th June
48 TRELDHA TSHECHU Geokar Lhakhang, Yalang, Trashi Yangtse 28th June
49 THE SAKTEN TSHECHU Yuejug, Sakteng 28th June
50 HA FESTIVAL All Chiwogs in Jarey, Lhuentse 28th June - 2nd July
51 THE HAA SUMMER FESTIVAL Dzongkhag Ground, Upper market, Haa 2nd weekend of July
52 HUNGLA CHOKHOR Tokaphu Lhakhang, Tongzhang, Trashi Yangtse 14th - 16th Aug
53 LHAMOI DOEY-PHANG Ringpung Dzong, Paro 27th July
54 MERAK TSECHU/ SEMI NOMAD FESTIVAL Gengo, Merak 15th - 16th Aug
55 A-HOI BONCHOED Bjoka Trong, Zhemgang 19th Aug
56 MATSUTAKE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL Genekha, Thimphu 20th - 21st Aug
57 DONGDORLA DUECHOED Bjoka Trong, Zhemgang 23rd - 26th Aug
58 TAKILA CHHAM Takila Lhakhang, Lhuentse 29th - 31st Aug
59 KESIBI CHAA Kesibi Lhakhang, Maenbi, Lhuentse 29th - 31st August
60 TAKILA CHHA FESTIVAL Takila Lhakhang (old), Lhuentse 31st August
61 TOUR OF THE DRAGON (MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE) Bumthang to Thimphu 7th September
62 CHUKOR Shaksing goenpa, Khamdang, Trashi Yangtse 4th - 14th September
63 CHHA Chhusa & Zimpong, Kurtoe, Lhuentse 17th -19th September
64 THIMPHU DROMCHOE Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 20th September
65 BUM TASHI FESTIVAL Gasa Dzong, Gasa 2nd October
66 DROMCHE Rinpung Dzong, Paro 22nd September
67 GOENPUNG TSHECHU Shumar/Goenpun, Pemagatshel 22nd - 24th September
68 KOTHAKPA TSHECHU Shumar/Kothakpa, Pemagatshel 22nd - 24th September
69 HAA TSECHU Lhakhang Karpo, Haa 22nd - 24th September
70 WANGDUE TSHECHU Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang 22nd - 24th September
71 TERCHEN DRUPCHEN Kichu Lhakhang, Paro 23rd September - 4th October
72 GELING GOENPA TSHECHU Geyling Goenpa, Chukha 23rd - 24th September
73 LAMAI KUCHOED Dorji Gompa, Tang, Bumthang 23rd - 25th September
74 SHAKSINGGOENPA TRADIONAL CHAM TSHECHU Shaksing Goenpa, Khamdang, Trashi Yangtse 23rd - 25th September
75 JANGCHUBLING WANG Gangzur, Lhuentse 24th September
76 THIMPHU TSHECHU Tashichhodzong, Thimphu 24th - 26th September
77 TAMSHING PHALA CHOEDPA Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 24th - 26th September
78 NEY, JANG AND GANGZUR CHHA Gangzur, Lhuentse 24th - 26th September
79 DUNGSINGMA TSHECHU Dungsingma, Yurung , Pemagatshel 27th - 29th September
80 NANGKOR TSHECHU Shumar, Pemagatshel 27th - 29th September
81 GANGTEY TSHECHU Gangtey Goenpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang. 27th - 29th September
82 THANGBI MEWANG Thangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang 29th - 30th September
83 KADAM TSHECHU Kadam Lhakhang, Khar, Pemagatshel 28th - 30th September
84 PHUENTSHOLING THROMDE TSECHU Pelden Tashichoelling Shedra, Phuentsholing 29th September
85 KHOMSHAR KHARPHU Khomshar, Zhemgang 29th September
86 DANKALA MANI (MANTRA)/TSHECHU- Dankala lhakhang Shaba, Paro 29th September
87 LAYA AULAY Laya, Gasa 22nd – 28th october
88 JOMOLHARI MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL Jangkothang, Upper Paro 14th - 15th October
89 SHINGKHAR RABNEY Shingkhar Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang 20th - 24th September
90 “BHO-YAK” Janka-kha at upper valley of Haa. 21st October
91 ROYAL HIGHLAND FESTIVAL Laya, Gasa 23rd - 24th October
92 JAKAR TSHECHU Jakar Dzong, Bumthang 21st - 25th October
93 CHUKHA TSHECHU Chukha Ngedrubtse Dzong, Chukha 23rd - 24th October
94 LANYIRI TSHECHU Lanyiri Lhakhang, Dungmin, Pemagatshel 22nd - 24th October
95 UGYENCHOLING KANGSEL Ugyencholing Dzong, Tang, Bumthang 22nd - 24th October
96 TSHEBAR TSHECHU Tshebar Lhakhang, Khar, Pemagatshel 23rd - 25th October
97 GOENKAR TSECHU Goenkar, Khoma, Lhuentse 23rd - 25th October
98 DECHENPHUG TSECHU Dechenphug lhakhang, Thimphu 24th October
99 DUNGMED TSHECHU Dungmed Lhakhang, Dungmin, Pemagatshel 26th - 28th October
100 PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel 26th - 28th October
101 CHANGANGKHA LHAKHANG TSECHU Changangkha Lhakhang Thimphu 27th October
102 TSHEPAMI THRONGDREL Ringpung Deyangkha, Paro 28th October
103 LAYA RUN Laya, Gasa 23rd October
104 JAMBAY LHAKANG SINGYE CHAM Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 27th November
105 JAMBAY LHAKANG DRUP Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 28th - 31st October
106 PRAKAR DUECHOE Prakar Lhakang, Bumthang 29th - 31st October
107 PANBANG TSECHU Sonamthang Dratshang, zhemgang 2nd - 4th November
108 SERZHONG TSECHU Do-Ngag Kuenzangcholing Lhakhang, Serzhong, Sarpang 22nd - 24th October
110 BLACK-NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL - Gangtey Goenpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang. 11 November
111 BIRD FESTIVAL Tingtibi, Zhemgang 11th -13th November
112 SUMTHRANG KANGSEL Sumthrang Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang 9th - 13th November
113 KHOMSHAR KATAG Khomshar, Zhemgang 12th November
114 YESHEY GOENPOI DRUPCHEN/ FESTIVAL OF MAHAKALA Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 18th - 20th November
115 MONGAR TSECHU Mongar Dzong, Mongar 19th - 22nd November
116 TANG NAMKHAR RABNEY Tang Namkhar Lhakhang, Tang, Bumthang 21st - 22nd November
117 DECHENLING TSHECHU Dechenling Lhakhang, Dechenling, Pemagatshel 20th - 22nd November
118 MENCHU PEMAPHUENDEY Norbugang, Pemagatshel 20th - 22nd November
119 PEMA YOESELCHOLING GOENPA TSECHU Kencholing, Geog: Shompangkhag, Sarpang 4th November
120 GEOKAR LHAKHANG TSHECHU Geokar Lhakhang, Yalang, Trashi Yangtse 22nd - 27th November
121 DOEDEL PEMACHOLING TSHECHU Doedel Pemacholing Lhakhang, Ramjar, Trashi Yangtse 24th - 28th November
122 GOSHING TSECHU Goshing Trong, Zhemgang 25th - 26th November
123 PHUMITHANG TSECHU Phumithang Dratshang, Zhemgang 25th - 27th November
124 GAMUNG TSHECHU Shumar/Gamung, Pemagatshel 25th - 27th November
125 GONGPHU TSECHU Gongphu, Zhemgang 25th - 27th November
126 BULI TSECHU Buli, Zhemgang 25th - 27th November
127 KHANGMA TSHECHU Khangma Lhakhang, Yurung, Pemagatshel 26th - 28th November
128 BJOKA TSECHU Bjoka Trong, Zhemgang 26th - 29th November
129 CHOJAM RABNEY Chojam Lhakahng, Tang, Bumthang 27th November
130 LADRONG RABNEY Ladrong Lhakhang, Jarey, Lhuentse 26th - 30th November
131 BONCHOED Trong/Dangkhar, Zhemgang 27th November
132 KHARPHU BONCHOED Shingkhar, Zhemgang 27th November
133 MAMUNG TSECHU Mamung Trong, Zhemgang 27th November
134 TASHIBI TSECHU Tashibi, Zhemgang 27th November
135 NANGLA TSECHU Nangla, Trong, Zhemgang 27th November
136 BONCHOED Buli/Tali/Kikhar/Nangkhor, Zhemgang 27th November
137 THRISA TSECHU Thrisa, Zhemgang 27th - 30th November
138 LANGDURBI BONCHOED Langdurbi, Zhemgang 27th - 29th November
139 NGA LHAKHANG ZHI Nga Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 27th - 29th November
140 BARDO KHARPHU Bardo, Zhemgang 27th - 30th November
141 CHUZANGANG TSECHU Chuzangang Lhakhang, Serzhong, Sarpang 15th November
142 SHINGKHAR TSECHU Shingkhar, Zhemgang 27th November - 1st December
143 WAMLING TSECHU Wamling, Zhemgang 27th November - 1st December
144 PANGKHAR CHOEDPA Pangkhar Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang 7th - 12th December
145 MONPA Festival Jangbi, Trongsa 10th December
146 JANGCHUBLING TSECHU Gangzur, Lhuentse 10th - 11th December
147 DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHU Dochula, Thimphu 13th December
148 LOMBA Individual House, Haa and Paro 11th December
149 DUNGKAR TSHECHU Kurtoe, Lhuentse 20th - 22nd December
150 TRONGSA ANNUAL TSHECHU Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 20th - 23rd December
151 LHUENTSE DZONG (LHUENTSE TSHECHU): Gangzur Lhuentse 19th - 23rd December
152 SAMDRUP JONGKHAR ANNUAL TSECHU Samdrup Jongkhar Rabdey 24th - 26th December
153 KILUNG CHOTPA Gangzur, Lhuentse 25th and 26th December

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