Festivals

Why Not Bhutan will help you plan your trip to ensure you participate in a variety of festivals and temple tours.  Let us know what you want to experience!

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. tsechu-0005

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. tsechu-0003

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. tsechu-0008

The Tourism Council of Bhutan posts updated lists of Festival dates.

2016 Festivals

SL # FESTIVAL PLACE DATES
1.       Nomad Festival  Bumthang 23rd February
2. Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha 14th -16th February
3. Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 17th -19th February
4. Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chhumi, Bumthang 22nd February
5. Chhorten Kora   Chorten Kora,Trashiyangtse 22nd February & 9th March
6. Annual Bhutan International Marathon (Annual event organized by Bhutan Olympic Committee) 5th March
7. Gomphu Kora Gom Kora Lhakhang,Trashigang 17th -18th March
8. Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpo, Punakha 16th -18th March
9. Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 14th -17th  March
10. Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 16th -18th March
11. Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 19th – 23rd March
12. Rhododendron Festival

 

Lamperi Botanical Garden,

Dochula, Thimphu

15th -17th April
13. Domkhar Drub Domkhar, Chummi, Bumthang 16th -18th  April
14. Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 18th -23rd  April

 

15. Sakteng Festival Saktang Lhakhang, Trashigang 12th -16th June
16. Nimalung Trelda Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, Bumthang 13th -15th  June
17. Trelda Tshechu Drametse,  Monggar 12th -24th June
18. Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor Bumthang 15th June
19. Haa Summer Festival Town Festival Ground, Haa 5th–6th July
20. Merak Tshechu Merak Lhakhang, Trashigang 2nd -3rd August
21. Masutake Mushroom Festival Ura, Bumthang 23rd – 24th  August
22. Masutake Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu 15th – 16th August
23. Chha Festival Tagmochhu,Lhuentse 15th -19th August
24. Tour Of Dragon(Bicycle Race) Bumthang to Thimphu 3rd September
25. Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 7th October
26. Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground,

Wangdue Prodrang

8th – 10th October
27. Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,  Wangdue Prodrang 9th -11th October
28. Tamshing Phala Chhoepa

 

Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 11th -13th October
29. Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong,Thimphu 11th-13th October
30.  Thangbi Mani Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor,

Bumthang

14th -17th October
31. Royal Highlanders Festival Laya, Gasa 16th– 18th  October
32. Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu, Thimphu 22nd  October
33. Jomolhari Mountain Festival Dangojang 25th – 26th October
34. Monggar Tshechu Monggar Dzong, Monggar 5th – 9th November
35. Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 7th -9th November
36. Shingkhar Rabney Bumthang 6th – 9th November
37. Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong,Pemagatshel 6th -10th November
38. Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang 7th -10th November

 

39. Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang 7th -10th November
40. Black Necked Crane Festival

 

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,

Wangdue Prodrang

11th November
41. Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi,

Bumthang

14th – 16th November
42. Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor,

Bumthang

14th -17th November
43. Dungkar Tshechu Lhuentse 7th – 9th December
44. Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse 7th -10th December
45. Tang Namkha Rabney Bumthang 8th – 9th December
46. Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 8th-10th December
47. Samdrup Jongkhar Tshechu Samdrup Jongkhar 10th – 12th December
48. Dremetse Tshechu Monggar 11th – 13th December
49. Kangso Tshechu Drametse, Monggar 11th -14th December
50. Korphu Tshechu Trongsa 12th – 14th December
51. Nabji Lhakhang Drup Trongsa 12th – 14th December
52. Chojam Rabney Festival Bumthang 12th – 16th December
53. Druk Wangyel Tshechu Dochula, Thimphu 13th December
54. Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 13th -15th December
55. Dagana Tshechu Dagana Dzong, Dagana 19th -23rd December
56. Pangkhar Choepa Bumthang 24th – 29th December

2017 Tentative Festival Dates