About Festival in Bhutan

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

Below are the tentative Bhutan Festival dates. You can plan your tour accordingly depending on the festivals you would like to witness.


1Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha16th -18th Feb
2Punakha TshechuPunakha Dzong, Punakha19th -21st. Feb
3Tharpaling ThongdrolGuitarTharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang24th Feb
4GomphukoraGom Kora Lhakhang,Trashigang17th -19th March
5Talo TshechuTalo Gonpa, Punakha17th -19th March
6Gasa TshechuGasa Dzong, Gasa17th -19th March
7Zhemgang TshechuZhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang17th -19th March
8Paro TshechuRinpung Dzong, Paro20th -24th March
9Chhorten KoraChorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe25th March & 8th April
10Domkhar TshechuDomkhar, Chumi, Bumthang.18th -20th April
11Ura YakchoeUra Lhakhang, Bumthang20th -24th April
12Nimalung TshechuNimalung Dratshang, Chumi, Bumthang14th -16th June
13Kurjey TshechuKurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang16th June
14Tour of the DragonBumthang to Thimphu2nd Sept
15Thimphu DrubchenTashi Chhodzong, Thimphu8th Sept
16Wangdue TshechuWangduephodrang Dzong, Wangdue11th -13th Sept
17Tamshing Phala ChhoepaTamshing lhakhang, Bumthang13th -15th Sept
18Thimphu TshechuTashi Chhodzong, Thimphu12th -14th Sept
19Gangtey TshechuGangtey Gonpa, Wangduephodrang16th -18th Sept
20Thangbi ManiTangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang17th -19th Sept
21Jhomolhari Mountain FestivalDangochong, Thimphu14th -15th Oct
22Chhukha TshechuChhukha Dzong, Chhukha10th -12th Oct
23Jakar TshechuJakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang.10th -12th Oct
24Jambay Lhakhang DrupJambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang17th -21st Oct
25Prakhar DuchhoedPrakar Lhakhang, Chumni, Bumthang18th -20th Oct
26Dechenphu TshechuDechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu12th Oct
27Black Necked Crane FestivalGangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha11th Nov
28Mongar TshechuMongar Dzong, Mongar9th -11th Nov
29Trashigang TshechuTrashigang Dzong, Trashigang.9th -11th Nov
30Jambay Lhakhang Singye ChamJambay Lhakhang, Bumthang15th Nov
31Pemagatshel TshechuPemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel.9th -11th Nov
32Nalakhar TshechuNgaa Lhakhang, Bumthang15th -17th Nov
33Druk Wangyel TshechuDouchula , Thimphu13th Dec
34Trongsa TshechuTrongsa Dzong, Trongsa8th -10th Dec
35Lhuentse TshechuLhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse8th -10th Dec
36Nabji Lhakhang DrupNabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa15th-16th Dec
37Samdrupjongkhar TshechuSamdrupjongkhar13th -15th Dec

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