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)
|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|
|6||GOMPHU KORA||GomKoraLhakhang,TRASHIGANG||27– 29 Mar|
|7||GASA TSHECHU||GasaDzong,GASA||27– 30 Mar|
|9||TALO TSHECHU||Talogonpa, PUNAKHA||7 Apr–9Apr|
|10||RHODODENDRONFESTIVAL||Lamperi Botanical Garden,Dochula, THIMPHU||18 – 20 Apr|
|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|