Events and Festivals of Bhutan


There are many festivals held at different locations at different times of the year. The best known of the festivals are “Tshechu” which are celebrated in honor of Guru commemorating his great deeds, popularly known as “Guru Rimpoche”. This Indian saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan region of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan around 800 AD.

Guru is founder of the Nyingmapa, the old school of Lamaism, which still has numerous followers. The biography of Guru is highlighted by 12 episodes on the model of Buddha Shakyamuni’s life.

“Tshechu” which has become the name of very popular festival commemorate each episode around the year on the 10th day of the month. The dates and the duration of festival vary from one place to another but they all take place on or around 10th day of the month according to Bhutanese Calender.

Tshechu are celebrated for several days, between three and five according to location, and are the occasion for dances that are clearly defined in religious content. Both monks as well as laymen take part in these dances which are performed in a similar manner at each of the Tshechu. Certain Tshechu end with the worship of a huge appliqué Thangkha representing Guru Rimpoche and his eight manifestations. It is called ‘THONGDROEL’ and is believed that simply by viewing it people can be delivered from the cycle of reincarnations. The Bhutanese people attach great importance to festivals, which become immersed in their religion and again merit, and it is because of this importance that the festivals are so well preserved. These events are also a time for the local people to socialize, to laugh, to joke with their neighbours and acquaintances, to dress in their finest clothes and jewelery, to eat well and generally to have good time.

 

TENTATIVE FESTIVALS & DATE FOR 2017

Dates 2017 Festival Location
02-06MAR17 Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong
07-09MAR17 Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong
12MAR17 Tharpaling Thongdrol Chummi, Bumthang
11 & 26APR17 Chhorten Kora Trashiyangtse
03-06APR17 Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong
04-06APR17 Gomphukora Trashigang
04-06APR17 Talo Tshechu Talo Goenpa, Punakha
04-07APR17 Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong
07-11APR17 Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong
09-11APR17 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong
14-16APR17 Rhododendron Festival Dochu La, Thimphu
05-07MAY17 Domkhar Tshechu Chummi, Bumthang
07-10MAY17 Ura Yakchoe Ura, Bumthang
01-03JUL17 Nimalung Tshechu Chummi, Bumthang
03JUL17 Kurjey Tshechu Choekhor, Bumthang
05JUL16 Haa Summer Festival Haa
15-16AUG17 Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu
23-24AUG17 Masutaki Mushroom Festival Ura, Bumthang
02SEP17 Tour of the Dragon Cycle Race Bumthang – Thimphu
26-29SEP17 Thimphu Drubchen Tashichho Dzong
29SEP-01OCT17 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing Bumthang
29SEP-02OCT17 Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground
30SEP-02OCT17 Thimphu Tshechu Trashichho Dzong
03-05OCT17 Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa
04-06OCT17 Thangbi Mani Choekhor, Bumthang
14-15OCT17 Jumolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong
29-31OCT17 Jakar Tshechu Choekhor, Bumthang
30OCT17 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Thimphu
03-07NOV17 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Choekhor, Bumthang
04-06NOV17 Prakhar Duchhoed Chummi, Bumthang
11NOV17 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Goenpa
26-28NOV17 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong
26-28NOV17 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel
27-29NOV17 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong
03DEC17 Jambay Lhakang Singye Cham Choekhor, Bumthang
03-05DEC17 Nalakhar Tshechu Choekhor, Bumthang
13DEC17 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Dochu La, Thimphu
26-28DEC17 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong
26-28DEC17 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong
02-04JAN18 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Trongsa

NOTE: – Religious festival dates are tentative; please contact us prior to booking your holiday.

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