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Festival of Bhutan


Festival of BhutanThe Festivals in Bhutan have reputations for being raucous, joyous affairs, but they are holy spiritual events with attendees gaining merit for the next life. At various times of the year, Bhutanese in towns and villages congregate to witness the masked dance festivals known as Tsechus. These colorful events draw thousands of locals, some of whom walk for days in order to attend. While the underlying purpose is spiritual, dances are more often like plays where good triumphs over evil or depict significant historical events, especially surrounding the life of Bhutan’s patron saint, Padmasambhava (also known as guru Rinpoche). There is inevitably a great deal of socializing; it is an opportunity for people to relax and forget the daily routine, to dress in their finest clothes and jewelry but, more importantly, it is an occasion for prayer and blessings.
 
Tsechus mainly comprise of mask dances in addition to some folk dance entertainment in between. Festivals are not pageants or entertainment events and definitely not held as tourists’ attraction. They are genuine manifestations of religious traditions thousands of years old, which outsiders are given the privilege to attend. This festival is held in Thimphu, Paro and Bumthang. They mark the busiest time of year for the tourism industry. Airplane tickets and hotel rooms are frequently difficult to come by. Tourists are allowed into the dzongs to watch the festivals, but are not allowed into the inner sanctuaries. Photography should always be done in a discreet and respectful manner, befitting the religious occasion. It is generally allowed for photographs to be taken at tshechus but not at dromchoes.

Tentative Dates for Bhutan Festival 2008

We will customize a tour & trek around the festival period of your choice to make your holiday enjoyable.

No. Name of Festival Place Tentative Dates
01 Punakha Dromche Punakha

Feb 11- Feb 15

02 Chorten Kora Trashiyangtse Feb 21 – Mar 7
03 Gom kora Trashigang Mar 14 – Mar 16
04 Paro Tshechu Paro Mar 17 –Mar 21
05 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Mar 19 – Mar 21
06 Ura Yakchoe Bumthang April 16–April 20 (May Change)
07 Nimalung Tshechu Bumthang Jul 10 – Jul 12
08 Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang July 12
09

Thimphu Drupchen

Thimphu Oct 4 – Oct 8
10 Wangdi Tshechu Wangdi Phodrang Oct 7 – Oct 9
11 Thimphu Tshechu Thimphu Oct 9 – Oct 11
12 Tamshingphala Choepa Bumthang Oct 8 – Oct 10
13 Tangbi Mani Bumthang Oct 13 – Oct 15
14 Jambay Lakhang Drup Bumthang Nov 12 – Nov 16
15 Prakhar Duchhoed Bumthang Nov 13 – Nov 15
16 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dec 4 – Dec 7
17 Pemagatsel Tshechu Pemagatsel Dec 4 – Dec 7
18 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dec 5 – Dec 8
19 Nalakhar Tshechu Bumthang Dec 12 – Dec 14
20 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Jan 5 – Jan 7 (2009)
21 Lhuntse Tshechu Lhuntse Jan 5 – Jan 7 (2009)

Tentative Dates for Bhutan Festival 2009

We will customize a tour & trek around the festival period of your choice to make your holiday enjoyable.

No.
Name of Festival
Place
Tentative Dates
01
Dromche & Tshechu
Punakha
Mar 1 – Mar 8
02
Chorten Kora
Trashiyangtse
Mar 11 & Mar 26
03
Gom kora
Trashigang
Apr 2 – Apr 4
04
Paro Tshechu
Paro
Apr 5 – Apr 9
05
Chhukha Tshechu
Chhukha
Apr 7 – Apr 9
06
Ura Yakchoe
Bumthang
May 5 – May 9
07
Nimalung Tshechu
Bumthang
Jun 30 – Jul 2
08
Kurjey Tshechu
Bumthang
July 2
09
Thimphu Drupchen
Thimphu
Sep 23 – Sep 27
10
Wangdi Tshechu
Wangdi Phodrang
Sep 26 – Sep 28
11
Thimphu Tshechu
Thimphu
Sep 28 – Sep 30
12
Tamshingphala Choepa
Bumthang
Sep 27 – Sep 29
13
Tangbi Mani
Bumthang
Oct 3 – Oct 9
14
Jambay Lakhang Drup
Bumthang
Nov 2 – Nov 6
15
Prakhar Duchhoed
Bumthang
Nov 3 – Nov 5
16
Mongar Tshechu
Mongar
Nov 25 – Nov 27
17
Pemagatsel Tshechu
Pemagatsel
Nov 25 – Nov 27
18
Trashigang Tshechu
Trashigang
Nov 26 – Nov 28
19
Nalakhar Tshechu
Bumthang
Dec 2 – Dec 4
20
Trongsa Tshechu
Trongsa
Dec 25 – Dec 27
21
Lhuntse Tshechu
Lhuntse
Dec 25 – Dec 27
 
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