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Tshechu

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. 

 

Festivals by Popularity

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.

Paro Tsechu100%
Thimphu Tsechu90%
Jambey Lhakhang Tsechu75%
Punakha Drubchen & Tsechu45%

Bhutan Festival Dates 2020

  Festival   Place Dates
  Punakha Drubchen   Punakha Dzong, Punakha 28 Feb – 03 Mar 2020
  Punakha Tshechu   Punakha Dzong, Punakha 05 – 07 Mar 2020
  Tangsibi Mani   Tangsibi Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang 08 – 12 Mar 2020
  Tharpaling Thongdrol   Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumey, Bumthang 09 Mar 2020
  Talo Tshechu   Talo Monastery, Punakha 01 – 03 Apr 2020
  Paro Tshechu Chhenmo   Rinpung Deyangkha, Paro 04 – 08 Apr 2020
  Rhododendron Festival   Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu 17 – 19 Apr 2020
  Domkhar Tshechu   Domkhar Lhakhang, Chumey, Bumthang 03 – 05 May 2020
  Ura Yakchoed   Ura Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang 04 – 08 May 2020
  Nimalung Tshechu   Nimalung Monastery, Bumthang 28 – 30 Jun 2020
  Kurjey Tshechu   Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 30 Jun 2020
  The Haa Summer Festival   Dzongkhag. Ground, Upper Market, Haa 11 -12 Jul 2020
  Matsutake Mushroom Festival   Genekha, Thimphu 22 – 23 Aug 2020
  Tour of the Dragon   Bumthang to Thimphu 07 Sep 2020
  Thimphu Dromchoe   Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 22 Sep 2020
  Haa Tshechu   Lhakhang Karpo, Haa 24 – 26 Sep 2020
  Wangdue Tshechu   Tencholing Army Ground, Wangdue Phodrang 24 – 26 Sep 2020
  Thimphu Tshechu   Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 26 – 28 Sep 2020
  Tamshig Phala Choedpa   Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 26 – 28 Sep 2020
  Jomolhari Mountain Festival   Jangkothang, Upper Paro 14 – 15 Oct 2020
  Royal Highlander Festival   Laya, Gasa 23 – 24 Oct 2020
  Jakar Tshechu   Jakar Dzong, Bumthang 23 – 27 Oct 2020
  Jambey Lhakhang Drup   Jambey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 31 Oct – 03 Nov 2020
  Black-Necked Crane Festival   Gangtey Goenpa, Phobjikha, Wangdue Phodrang 11 Nov 2020
  Bird Festival   Tingtibi, Zhemgang 11 – 13 Nov 2020
  Chojam Rabney   Chojam Lhakhang, Tang, Bumthang 29 Nov – 03 Dec 2020
  Pangkhar Choedpa   Pangkhar Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang 10 – 14 Dec 2020
  Druk Wangyel Tshechu   Dochula, Thimphu 13 Dec 2020

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