The Buddhist festivals or Tshechus are one of the prime examples of the living culture of Bhutan that many have come to admire and to treasure. The Tshechu is a festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan and the Himalayan world.
The Tsechus are held in almost every district attracting hundreds of Bhutanese people in a spirit of festivity, celebration and deep faith. The Tshechus have deep spiritual meanings, and Buddhist practitioners perceive a symbolic connection between dancers and spectators. The faithful can feel the spiritual powers evoked by the dancers dressed in elaborate, often ancient, costumes, masks and headgear. Apart from monk dancers, community folk dancers and singers also perform during the Tshechus. The Bhutanese people consider it a blessing to be able to watch the dances.
Tshechus are held on auspicious days, on the tenth day of the Bhutanese month, and last up to four days in which a series of highly stylized masked dance rituals are performed. The dances are well known and loved by the Bhutanese who come dressed in their best for the very special social occasion for all Bhutanese families.
Festival dates for 2010
- Please note that the dates are tentative. Please consult with your tour operator for confirmation.
- Some dates may be missing – we will update the dates as and when we get more info.
|Punakha Dromche||Punakha||18 – 22 February|
|Punakha Tshechu||Punakha||23 – 25 February|
|Chorten Kora||Trashiyangtse||28 February – 15 March|
|Gomkora||Trashigang||23 – 25 March|
|Paro Tshechu||Paro||26 – 30 March|
|Chhukha Tshechu||Chhukha||28 – 30 March|
|Ura Yakchoe||Bumthang||24 – 28 April|
|Nimalung Tshechu||Bumthang||19 – 21 June|
|Kurjey Tshechu||Bumthang||21 June|
|Wangdue Tshechu||Wangdue Phodrang||15 – 17 September|
|Tamshingphala Choepa||Bumthang||16 – 18 September|
|Thimphu Drupchen||Thimphu||12 – 16 September|
|Thimphu Tshechu||Thimphu||17 – 19 September|
|Tangbi Mani||Bumthang||22 – 24 September|
|Shingkhar Rabney||Ura, Bumthang|
|Jakar Dzong Tshechu||Bumthang|
|Jambay Lhakhang Drup||Bumthang||22 – 26 October|
|Prakhar Duchhoed||Bumthang||23 – 25 October|
|Sumdrang Kangsol||Ura, Bumthang|
|Mongar Tshechu||Mongar||13 – 16 November|
|Pemagatshel Tshechu||Pemagatshel||13 – 16 November|
|Trashigang Tshechu||Trashigang||14 – 17 November|
|Namkha Rabney||Tang, Bumthang|
|Nalakhar Tshechu||Bumthang||21 – 23 November|
|Chozam Rabney||Tang, Bumthang|
|Trongsa Tshechu||Trongsa||15 – 17 December|
|Lhuntse Tshechu||Lhuntse||15 – 17 December|
|Nabji Lhakhang Drup||Nabji, Trongsa|
|Shingkhar Metochodpa||Ura, Bumthang|