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Bhutan Festival Dates 2020

Tshechu Is A Religious Festival Meaning “Tenth Day” Held Annually In Various Temples, Monasteries And Dzongs Throughout The Country.

The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on the tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However, the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.

Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances, tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.

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.

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.

BUTAN TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES 2020

 

SL # FESTIVAL PLACE DATE
1 Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha 2nd -4th March
2 Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 5th -7th March
3 Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang, 9th March
Chumi, Bumthang
4 Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang, 1st  -3rd  April
Trashigang
5 Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa, Punakha 1st  -3rd  April
6 Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 1st  -3rd April
7 Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 1st  -3rd  April
8 Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 4th  -8th  April
(Thongdrel on last day)
9 Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, 8th  April & 22nd April
Trashiyangtshe
10 Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chumni, 3rd -5th May
Bumthang.
11 Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 4th  – 8th  May
12 Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang, 30th June– 1st  July
Chumni, Bumthang
13 Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang, 30th June
Choekhor, Bumthang
14 Tour of the Dragon Bumthang to Thimphu 5th  Sept
15 Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 22nd Sept
16 Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground, 24th – 26th Sept
Wangduephodrang.
17 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing lhakhang, 26th – 28th Sept
Bumthang
18 Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 26th – 28th Sept
19 Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa, 28th Sept – 1st  Oct
Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang. (Thongdrel on last day)
20 Thangbi Mani Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, 29th Sept– 2nd   Oct
Bumthang
21 Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, 23rd -27th  Oct
Bumthang.

 

22 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 24th – 26th Oct
23 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang, 31st -3rd Nov
Choekhor, Bumthang
24 Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Khakhang, Chumni, 1st  – 3rd   Nov
Bumthang
25 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang, 26th Oct
Thimphu
26 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, 11th Nov
Wangduephodrang.
27 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 21st – 24th Nov
28 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong, 22nd -25th Nov
Trashigang.
29 Jambay Lhakhang Singye Jambay Lhakhang, 30th Nov
Cham Choekhor, Bumthang
30 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong, 21st – 24th Nov
Pemagatshel. (Thongdrel on last day)
31 Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, 30th – 2nd Dec
Bumthang
32 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula , 13th Dec
Thimphu
33 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, 10th – 13th Dec
Trongsa (Thongdrel on last day)
34 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong, 21st – 24th Dec
Lhuentse (Thongdrel on last day)
35 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, 29th –31st Dec
Trongsa