Punakha Tshechu is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. The unfurling of the thongdrol of Guru Rinpoche is the attraction of the festival. It is believed that the sight of the thongdrol liberates oneself and cleanses him of his sins. As all the tshechhu festivals in Bhutan, Punakha Tshechhu is celebrated in the honor of Guru Padmasambhawa. The festival is observed by mask dances performed by the monks and the laymen clad in colorful brocade attire and permeated by chants and reading of Buddhist scripts. The festival is culminated with the unfurling of a huge cloth thangka (a sacred scroll, depicting Padmasmabhawa and imagery form Buddhist pantheon.) The festival was first introduced in the year 2005 by the 70th Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choedra and the then Home Minister His Excellency Lyonpo Jigme Yoedzer Thinley. The festival plays an important role in preserving Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions and also provides devout Buddhists with an opportunity for prayer and pilgrimage.