Bhutan Festivals

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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.

Bhutan Festival Dates

FESTIVAL LOCATION 2022 2023
Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 12th -14th March Feb 15-17
Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang 18th March Feb-19
Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang 9th -11th April Mar 14-16
Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa, Punakha 9th -11th April Mar 14-16
Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 9th -11th April Mar 14-16
Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 9th -11th April March 14-17
Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 12th -16th April (Thongdral on last day) Mar 17-21
Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe 30th April Mar 21 & April 5
Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu 15th – 17st April April 19-21
Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chumni, Bumthang. 11th -13th May April 14-16
Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 13th – 17th May April 16-20
Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang, Chumni, Bumthang 7th -9th July July 10-11
Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 9th July Jul-11
Haa Summer Festival Haa 9th -10th July July 13-14
Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu. 15th & 16th Aug Aug 15-16
Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang to Thimphu 3rd Sept Sept 7
Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 1st Oct Oct-04
Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang. 3rd  – 5th Oct Oct 5-7
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing lhakhang, Bumthang 5th -7th Oct Oct 7-9
Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 5th -7th Oct Oct 8-10
Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang. 7th -9th Oct (Thongdral on last day) Oct 10-13
Thangbi Mani Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang 8th -10th Oct Oct 10-13
Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu 14th & 15th Oct
Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 1st -3rd Nov Nov 6-8
Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang. 1st -3rd Nov Nov 4-7
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 8th -12th  Nov Nov 13-16
Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang 9th -11th Nov Nov 14-16
Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu 3rd Nov Nov-08
Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang. 11th Nov Nov-11
Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 1st -3rd Dec Dec 4-6
Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang. 1st -3rd Dec Dec 5-7
Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 7th Dec Nov-23
Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel. 1st -3rd Dec (Thongdral on last day) Nov 23-25
Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 8th -10th Dec Nov 23-25
Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula , Thimphu 13th  Dec Dec-13
Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 30th Dec – 1st Jan 2023 (Thongdral on last day) Jan 4-7 ,2020
Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse 30th  Dec – 1st Jan 2023 (Thongdral on last day) Jan 4-7,2020
Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa 6th-7th Jan 2023
Samdrupjongkhar Tshechu Samdrupjongkhar 4th -6th January 2023

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