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Festivals

Why Not Bhutan will help you plan your trip to ensure you participate in a variety of festivals and temple tours. Let us know what you want to experience!

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.

Two of the most popular Tshechus in the country are the Paro and Thimphu Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.

2018 Festivals

The Tourism Council of Bhutan posts updated lists of Festival dates.

SL No. FESTIVAL PLACE DATES
1. Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha 21 – 24 Feb
2. Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 25 – 27 Feb
3. Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang 2 March
4. Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang 24 – 26 March
5. Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa, Punakha 24 – 26 March
6. Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 24 – 26 March
7. Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 24 – 27 March
8. Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 27 – 31 March
9. Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe 31 March & 16 April
10. Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu 20 – 22 April
11. Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chumni, Bumthang. 25 – 27 April
12. Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 26 – 29 April
13. Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang, Chumni, Bumthang 21 – 23 June
14. Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 23 June
15. Haa Summer Festival Haa 14 – 15 July
16. Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu 15 – 16 Aug
17. Masutaki Mushroom Festival Ura, Bumthang 23 – 24 Aug
18. Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang to Thimphu 1 Sept
19. Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 15 Sept
20. Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang 17 – 19 Sept
21. Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing lhakhang, Bumthang 19 – 21 Sept
22. Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 19 – 21 Sept
23. Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang 23 – 24 Sept
24. Thangbi Mani Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang 23 – 25 Sept
25. Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu 4 – 5 Oct
26. Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 17 – 19 Oct
27. Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang 17 – 20 Oct
28. Jambay Lhakhang Drup ambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 24 – 27 Oct
29. Prakhar Duchhoed TPrakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang 25 – 27 Oct
30. Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu 30 Oct
31. Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang 11 Nov
32. Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 15 – 18 Nov
33. Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang 17 – 19 Nov
34. Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 23 Nov
35. Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel 23 – 25 Nov
36. Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 23 – 25 Nov
37. Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula, Thimphu 13 Dec
38. Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 15 – 17 Dec
39. Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse 15 – 17 Dec
40. Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa 22 – 24 Dec