Festivals

Tshechus, literally meaning the ‘tenth day’ are annual religious festivals held in all the twenty districts of the country on the tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar. The month of the Tshechu varies from place to place but it is usually around the time of October. The centrepiece of the Tshechu festivals is the sacred masked dances known as chham. These costumed masked dances depict and narrates moral stories based on incidents from the life of Guru Padmasambhava and other saints. The cham is performed by monks in the monasteries and by laymen in the villages.home-Paro Festival

Another much awaited part of the Tshechu is the unfurling of Thongdroel (or Thangka) ‘ a large painting of Buddha, saints and other holy beings. Buddhists believe that a mere sighting of it is potent and sacred enough to cleanse the viewer of his sins.

In addition to the sacred masked dances, Tshechus also include traditional Bhutanese dances and theme-based comedy acts by jesters who are called as Atsaras.

Of all the Tshechu festivals in Bhutan, Thimphu and Paro Tshechus are very popular in terms of scale, grandeur and audience.

Bhutan Festival Schedule for 2015

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1 PUNAKHA DRUBCHEN Punakha Dzong,PUNAKHA 23rd – 27th February
2 PUNAKHA TSHECHU Punakha Dzong,PUNAKHA 28th February – 2nd March
3 CHHORTEN KORA Chorten Kora,TRASHIYANGTSHE 5th March & 20th March
4 GOMPHU KORA Gom Kora Lhakhang, TRASHIGANG 27th – 29th March
5 GASA TSHECHU Gasa Dzong,GASA 27th – 30th March
6 PARO TSHECHU Rinpung Dzong,PARO 31st March – 4th April
7 URA YAKCHOE Ura Lhakhang,BUMTHANG 30th April – 4th May
8 NIMALUNG TSHECHU Nimalung Dratshang,Chummi, BUMTHANG 24th – 26th June
9 KURJEY TSHECHU Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor,BUMTHANG 6th June
10 TOUR OF THE DRAGON(BICYCLE RACE) Bumthang to Thimphu 5th September
11 THIMPHU DRUBCHEN Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU 18th – 22nd September
12 WANGDUE TSHECHU Tencholing Army Ground,WANGDUEPHODRANG 21st – 23rd September
13 TAMSHING PHALACHHOEPA Tamshing Lhakhang,Choekhor, BUMTHANG 22nd – 24th September
14 THIMPHU TSHECHU Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU 23rd – 25th September
15 PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU Pemagatshel Dzong,PEMAGATSHEL 20th – 23rd October
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16 CHHUKHA TSHECHU Chhukha Dzong,CHHUKHA 21st – 23rd October
17 THANGBI MANI Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, BUMTHANG 27th – 29th October
18 JAMBAY LHAKHANGDRUP Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor,BUMTHANG 27th – 31st October
19 PRAKHAR DUCHHOED Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi,BUMTHANG 28th – 30th October
20 BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG 11th November
21 MONGAR TSHECHU Mongar Dzong,MONGAR 18th – 21st November
22 TRASHIGANG TSHECHU Trashigang Dzong,TRASHIGANG 19th – 22nd November
23 NALAKHAR TSHECHU Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor,BUMTHANG 25th – 27th November
24 DRUK WANGYELTSHECHU Dochula,THIMPHU 13th December
25 TRONGSA TSHECHU Trongsa Dzong,TRONGSA 20th – 22nd December
26 LHUENTSE TSHECHU Lhuentse Dzong,LHUENTSE 20th – 22nd December

 

  • Please note that the dates are tentative. Contact us for confirmation.
  • Dates are based on the Bhutanese Lunar Calendar.
  • This schedule is provided by Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO) and the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB). They are subject to changes without notice.