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 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.
Our programmed tours are organized on the events days, this give you the opportunity to enjoy your holidays in Bhutan.
|FEB 22 – 24||Punakha Drubchen||Punakha Dzong|
|FEB 25 – 27||Punakha Tshechu||Punakha Dzong|
|MAR 02 & 17||Chhorten Kora||Trashiyangtshe|
|MAR 24 – 26||Gomphukora||Trashigang|
|MAR 27 – 31||Paro Tshechu||Paro|
|MAR 29 – 31||Chhukha Tshechu||Chhukha, Bumthang|
|APR 20 – 22||Rhododendron Festival||Dochu La, Thimphu|
|APR 27 – 29||Ura Yakchoe||Ura, Bumthang|
|JUN 21 – 23||Nimalung Tshechu||Chummi, Bumthang|
|JUN 23||Kurjey Tshechu||Choekhor, Bumthang|
|SEP 15 – 18||Thimphu Drubchen||Thimphu|
|SEP 17 – 19||Wangdue Tshechu||,Wangduephodrang|
|SEP 19 – 21||Tamshing Phala Chhoepa||Choekhor Valley, Bumthang|
|SEP 19 – 21||Thimphu Tshechu||Thimphu|
|SEP 23 – 25||Thangbi Mani||Bumthang|
|OCT 24 – 27||Jambay Lhakhang Drup||Bumthang|
|OCT 25 – 27||Prakhar Duchhoed||Chummi, Bumthang|
|NOV 11||Black Crane Festival||Phobjikha Valley|
|NOV 16 – 18||Mongar Tshechu||Mongar Dzong, Mongar|
|NOV 16 – 18||Pemagatshel Tshechu||Pemagatshel|
|NOV 17 – 19||Trashigang Tshechu||Trashigang|
|NOV 23 – 25||Nalakhar Tshechu||Choekhor, Bumthang|
|DEC 13||Druk Wangyel Tshechu||Dochula, Thimphu|
|DEC 15 – 17||Trongsa Tshechu||Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa|
|DEC 15 – 17||Lhuentse Tshechu||Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse|