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

Festivals are annual features of Bhutanese lunar calendar. Each district has an annual festival. The dates of annually held festivals vary from year to year, as they are set by Bhutanese lunar calendar. Some of the important festivals and their dates are mentioned below.

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.

TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2015 compiled by Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB)

SL# FESTIVAL PLACE DATES
 1  NOMAD FESTIVAL BUMTHANG 23 Feb
 2 BHUTAN INTERNATIONAL MARATHON (Annual event organized by Bhutan Olympic Committee) 23 Feb
 3 PUNAKHA DRUBCHEN PunakhaDzong, PUNAKHA 23–27 Feb
 4 PUNAKHA TSHECHU PunakhaDzong, PUNAKHA 28FebTO2Mar
 5 CHHORTEN KORA ChortenKora,TRASHIYANGTSHE 5Mar&20Mar
 6 GOMPHU KORA GomKoraLhakhang,TRASHIGANG 27– 29 Mar
 7 GASA TSHECHU GasaDzong,GASA 27– 30 Mar
 8 PARO TSHECHU RinpungDzong,PARO 31Mar-4Apr
 9 TALO TSHECHU Talogonpa, PUNAKHA 7 Apr–9Apr
 10 RHODODENDRONFESTIVAL Lamperi Botanical Garden,Dochula, THIMPHU 18 – 20 Apr
 11 URA YAKCHOE UraLhakhang,BUMTHANG 30Apr–4May
 12 NIMALUNG TSHECHU NimalungDratshang,Chummi, BUMTHANG 24 – 26 Jun
 13 KURJEY TSHECHU KurjeyLhakhang, Choekhor 6 Jun
 14 HAA SUMMERFESTIVAL Town Festival Ground, HAA 5– 6 Jul
 15 MASUTAKEMUSHROOM FESTIVAL Ura, BUMTHANG 23– 24 Aug
 16 TOUR OF THE DRAGON(BICYCLE RACE) Bumthang to Thimphu 5 Sep
 17 THIMPHU DRUBCHEN TashiChhodzong,THIMPHU 18 – 22 Sep
 18 WANGDUE TSHECHU Tencholing Army Ground,WANGDUEPHODRANG 21 – 23 Sep
 19 TAMSHING PHALACHHOEPA TamshingLhakhang,Choekhor, BUMTHANG 22 – 24 Sep
 20 THIMPHU TSHECHU TashiChhodzong,THIMPHU 23 – 25 Sep
 21 JOMOLHARI MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL Dangojang 8 – 9 Oct
 22 PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU PemagatshelDzong,PEMAGATSHEL 20 – 23 Oct
 23 CHHUKHA TSHECHU ChhukhaDzong, CHHUKHA 21– 23 Oct
 24 THANGBI MANI TangbiLhakhang, Choekor,BUMTHANG 27 – 29 Oct
 25 JAMBAY LHAKHANGDRUP JambayLhakhang, Choekhor,BUMTHANG 27 – 31 Oct
 26 PRAKHAR DUCHHOED PrakarLhakhang, Chummi,BUMTHANG 28 – 30 Oct
 27 BLACK NECKED CRANEFESTIVAL GangteyGonpa, Phobjikha,WANGDUEPHODRANG 11 Nov
 28 MONGAR TSHECHU MongarDzong, MONGAR 18 – 21 Nov
 29 TRASHIGANG TSHECHU TrashigangDzong, TRASHIGANG 19 – 22Nov
 30 NALAKHAR TSHECHU NgaaLhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 25 – 27 Nov
 31 DRUK WANGYELTSHECHU Dochula, THIMPHU 13 Dec
 32 TRONGSA TSHECHU TrongsaDzong, TRONGSA 20 – 22 Dec
 33 LHUENTSE TSHECHU LhuentseDzong,LHUENTSE 20TO22Dec
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