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Festivals in Bhutan are of different kinds and are celebrated throughout the kingdom. Among these festivals the” Tshechu” is the most famous among the people inside and outside Bhutan. This is one of the main attractions for the tourists coming to Bhutan.

“Tshechu” means the tenth day in Bhutanese calendar. These festivals are celebrated in the courtyards of the dzongs (fortresses) in all the dzongkhags (districts) in the honor of Guru Rinpochhe, who brought Mahayana Buddhism in Bhutan in the eight century. It is said that the Great Guru performed these great events in the tenth day of the Bhutanese calendar transforming himself into different forms to subdue the demons. This has a great religious importance to the Bhutanese.

It is celebrated with mask dances and traditional dances and it often ends with “Wangs” (blessings), where the people are blessed by Lamas and “Mewangs” (blessing by fire), where people jump over a fire. The Bhutanese believe that these festivals and the “Wangs” wash away their impurities of sins. Besides, in most of the festivals Thongdrols (meaning – being relieved from sins on sight) are displayed. These thongdrols are very large thangkhas (embroidered painting)

People come in their best dresses. Women wear the best jewelries and they pack the best food. Besides all the religious importance, this is also a time for people to interact with each other, to see and to be seen.


Please click the link below for the dates of upcoming festivals and events

a. Festival and Event Dates for 2019 (Tentative)

b. Festival and Event Dates for 2020 (Tentative)


The below are the details of upcoming festivals and events.


Lhuentse Tshechu

Lhuentse Tshechu

Lhuentse is one of the eastern most dzongkhags in Bhutan. The district is also the ancestral homes of our Kings and constitutes of a number of important monuments.

Trongsa Tshechu

Trongsa Tshechu

The Trongsa Tshechu is held in Trongsa dzong in Trongsa. Among the many festivals celebrated in the dzongkhag, Trongsa Tshechu is the grandest is the three day annual…

Nalakhar Festival

Nalakhar Festival

Ngaa Lhakhang is located in the Nalakhar Village in the Choekhor Valley of Bumthang. Nalakhar is one of the less visited beautiful small villages in Bumthang. A feeder…

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang Tshechu is celebrated in the courtyard of the Trashigang dzong. Trashigang being the largest district, every village has its own annual festival, however…

Mongar Tshechu

Mongar Tshechu

The Mongar tshechu is celebrated in Mongar Dzong in Mongar. People from all over the region as far as Trashigang and Lhuentse come to attend the festival. A lot of unique…

Prakar Duchhoed

Prakar Duchhoed

Prakar Duchhoed is the annual festival is celebrated at the Prakar Lhakhang in Chhummi gewog in Bumthang. Several kinds of mask dances are performed during the…

Jambay Lhakhang Drub

Jambay Lhakhang Drub

Jambay Lhakhang, located in Bumthang is one among the 108 Buddhist temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Goempo and is one of the oldest…

Thimphu Tshechu

Thimphu Tshechu

This is one of the biggest festivals in the country. It is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods. The Thimphu Tshechhu is …

Tamshing Festival

Tamshing Festival

Tamshing Festival, locally known as Tamshing Phala Chhoepa is celebrated in Tamshing Monastery in Bumthang.The Monastery was built…

Wangdue Tshechu

Wangdue Tshechu

The festival is held in Wangdue. The Tshechu is well known for the Raksha Mangcham or the dance of the Ox. It concludes with the unfurling of the Guru Tshengye…

Kurjey Tshechu

Kurjey Tshechu

The Festival coincides with the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. Different kinds of mask dances are performed during the festival apart from traditional and folk…

Nimalung Tshechu

Nimalung Tshechu

Located in Chummey Valley in Bumthang, Nimalung Dratshang is at an approximately 15 minutes drive from the road that branches off from Chummey Village. The Dratshang…

Paro Tshechu

Paro Tshechu

Paro Tshechu is one of the most popular and biggest religious festivals in Bhutan.  On the first day, all mask dances are held inside the courtyard of the Dzong. In the subsequent…

Gomphukora Tshechu

Gomphukora Tshechu

Gomphu means ‘meditation cave’ while Kora translates to ‘circumambulation’. The monastery is popular for the circumambulation festival where people go around…

Chorten Kora

Chorten Kora

The Chorten Kora Festival is one of the most popular festivals in eastern Bhutan. Kora’ means circumambulation. The biggest activity of the festival is circumambulating…

Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Tshechu

This is one of the most popular tshechus. The unfurling of the thongdrol of Guru Rinpoche is the attraction of the festival. It is believed that the sight of the thongdrol liberates…

Punakha Drubchen

Punakha Drubchen

This is one of the oldest festivals of the district. This is a detailed dramatization of how the local Bhutanese militia duped and defeated an invading Tibetan army and forced…

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