Bhutan Festivals

The majority of Bhutan festivals in are religious festivals known as tsechu's. A tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of the Buddhist Saint Padmasambhava, popularly known as 'Guru Rimpoche', the saint who was responsible for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. There are various tsechus held all year around at temples, Dzongs and monasteries throughout Bhutan. These events bring blessings to the onlookers, as well as instructing them about the Buddhist Dharma. Each tsechu is unique and has it's own character - but the main elements remain the same - monks performing sacred Cham dances to the sound of horns and cymbals - interspersed with performances of folksongs, whilst Atsaras, naughty clowns adorning vast phalli, entertain the crowd! People flock from surrounding villages dressed in their best clothes to receive blessings and watch the Cham dances. There is a strong local belief that each festival attendee will gain and accumulate merit by watching the dances and their presence at the festival will help wash away many of their past sins.

Festival calender 2016

 

TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2016

 

 

NAMETOWNSTART DATEEND DATE
Punakha Drubchen Punakha Feb 13, 2016 Feb 16, 2016
Punakha Tshechu Punakha Feb 17, 2016 Feb 19, 2016
Tharpaling Thongdrol Bumthang Feb 22, 2016  
Chhorten Kora Trashi Yangtse Feb 22, 2016 Mar 09, 2016
Gasa Tshechu Gasa Mar 14, 2016 Mar 18, 2016
Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Mar 15, 2016 Mar 19, 2016
Talo Tshechu Punakha Mar 16, 2016 Mar 18, 2016
Gomphukora Trashigang Mar 16, 2016 Mar 18, 2016
Paro Tshechu Paro Mar 19, 2016 Mar 23, 2016
Domkhar Tshechu Bumthang Apr 16, 2016 Apr 18, 2016
Rhododendron Festival Thimphu Apr 18, 2016 Apr 20, 2016
Ura Yakchoe Bumthang Apr 18, 2016 Apr 20, 2016
Nimalung Tshechu Bumthang Jun 13, 2016 Jun 15, 2016
Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang Jun 15, 2016  
Masutaki Mushroom Bumthang Aug 22, 2016 Aug 23, 2016
Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang Sep 03, 2016  
Thimphu Drubchen Thimphu Oct 06, 2016 Oct 10, 2016
Wangdue Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang Oct 09, 2016 Oct 11, 2016
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Bumthang Oct 11, 2016 Oct 13, 2016
Thimphu Tshechu Thimphu Oct 11, 2016 Oct 13, 2016
Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Oct 14, 2016 Oct 16, 2016
Thangbi Mani Bumthang Oct 15, 2016 Oct 17, 2016
Chhukha Tshechu Chukha Nov 07, 2016 Nov 09, 2016
Jakar Tshechu Bumthang Nov 07, 2016 Nov 09, 2016
Black-Necked Crane Festival Wangdue Phodrang Nov 11, 2016  
Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Nov 12, 2016 Nov 14, 2016
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang Nov 14, 2016 Nov 17, 2016
Prakhar Duchhoed Bumthang Nov 15, 2016 Nov 17, 2016
Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dec 05, 2016 Dec 09, 2016
Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dec 08, 2016 Dec 10, 2016
Nalakhar Tshechu Bumthang Dec 13, 2016 Dec 15, 2016
Druk Wangyel Tshechu Thimphu Dec 13, 2016  
Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Bumthang Dec 13, 2016

 

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