Festivals

Festivals in Bhutan takes place at different times of year, regarding to place to place. “Tshechu” Known to the localities of Bhutan for festival, comes in a form of religious activities, and the time when people gather, with their best attires. Festivals are celebrated on 10th Day of particular month, so the name “Tshechu” was derived, (“tshe” means Date and “Chu” means 10). It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages they are performed jointly by monks and village men. Tshechu festivals are celebrated for several days ranging from minimum of three days to five days, according to their location. One would be able to view and witness Bhutanese Focal Dances, religious dance, mask Dances known as “Chamm” and other religious dramas and epics of great known saint of Buddhism. These dances are performed by Monks, laymen and few dances by students of RAPA (Royal Academic of Performing Arts). Atsara are clowns, with their expressive masks and postures, are an indispensable element in any religious festivals. They confront the monks, toss out salacious jokes, and distract the crowd with their antics when the religious dances begin to grow tedious. Believed to represent Acharyas (religious are treated with the highest respect. For a few days these popular entertainers are allowed the freedom to express a formulaic challenge within an established framework that does not, however upset the social and religious order. Some tshechus end with the displaying of huge appliqué thangkha (scroll) called “Thongdroel”. The Thongdroel is unveiled at first light to bring enlightenment to all who view it. The faithful believe that by simply viewing this Thongdrel, They can be delivered from the cycle of reincarnations. Two of the most popular Tshechus in the country are the Paro and Thimphu tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.

Festival Dates 2021
Jambay Lhakhang Festival
Jambay Lhakhang Festival
Paro Tshechu
Paro Tshechu
Thimphu Festival
Thimphu Festival