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Festival Calendar/Dates

The Tshechu (literally "Tenth Day") is a festival honoring Padmasambhava, "one who was born from the lotus flower ", otherwise known as "Guru Rinpoche", the precious teacher. This Indian saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan etc. around 800 A.D. The dates and duration of the festival vary from one district to another, but they always take place on or around the 10th day of the month, according to the Bhutanese calendar. During this Tshechu, the dances are performed by monks as well as layman. The Tshechu is a religious festival and by attending it, it is believed that one gains merits. It is also a yearly social gathering where people come together to rejoice, dressed in all their finery. It is in this way that the festivals became a showcase for Bhutan's highly developed indigenous art of textile weaving. Festivals in Bhutan attract crowds of tourists, as well as local clergy and laymen, like bees to honey. The most popular of these vigorously celebrated social events take place in Thimphu, Paro, Wangduephodrang, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar and Trashigang. In order to make your stay in Bhutan the most interesting and memorable one, we suggest that you combine your choice of tour itinerary with one of these festivals. Please also keep in mind though, that most of the festivals fall in the peak season. You should therefore book your tour well in advance. For further information, please feel free to contact us.

 

TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2017

SL #

FESTIVAL

PLACE

DATES

1

Punakha Drubchen

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

4th - 6th March

2

Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

7th - 9thMarch

3

Tharpaling Thongdrol

Tharpaling Lhakhang,Chummi, Bumthang

12th March

4

Chhorten Kora

Chorten Kora,Trashiyangtshe

12th March & 28th March

5

Gomphukora

Gom Kora Lhakhang,Trashigang

4th - 6th April

6

TaloTshechu

Talo Gonpa, Punakha

4th -6th April

7

Gasa Tshechu

Gasa Dzong, Gasa

3rd  -6th April

8

Zhemgang Tshechu

Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang

4th - 7th April

9

Paro Tshechu

Rinpung Dzong, Paro

7th - 11th April

10

Chhukha Tshechu

Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha

9th - 11th April

11

Rhododendron Festival

Lamperi Botanical Garden,Dochula, Thimphu

14th -16th April

12

Domkhar Tshechu

Domkhar, Chummi, Bumthang

5th- 7th May

13

UraYakchoe

Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang

7th - 10th May

14

Nimalung Tshechu

Nimalung Dratshang,Chummi.Bumthang

1st - 3rd July

15

Kurjey Tshechu

Kurjey Lhakhang,Choekhor, Bumthang

3rd July

16

Haa Summer Festival

Haa

5th July

17

Mushroom Festival

Genekha,Thimphu

15th -16th August

18

Masutaki Mushroom Festival

Ura, Bumthang

23rd -24th August

19

Tour Of The Dragon (Bicycle

Race)

Bumthang To Thimphu

2nd September

20

Thimphu  Drubchen

TashiChhodzong,Thimphu

26th- 29th September

21

Wangdue Tshechu

Tencholing Army Ground, Wangdue

28th-30th September

22

Gangtey Tshechu

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangdue

3rd - 5th October

23

Tamshing Phala Chhoepa

Tamshing Lhakhang,Choekhor, Bumthang

29th September - 1st October

24

Thimphu Tshechu

TashiChhodzong,Thimphu

30th September -2nd October

25

Thangbi Mani

Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang

4th -6th October

26

Jumolhari Mountain Festival

Dangochong,Thimphu

14th -15th October

27

Royal Highland Festival

Laya, Gasa

23rd- 24th October

28

Jakar Tshechu

Jakar Dzong,Choekhor, Bumthang

29th - 31st October

19

Dechenphu Tshechu

Dechenphu Lhakhang,Thimphu

30thOctober

30

Jambay Lhakhang Drup

Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

4th- 6th November

31

Prakhar Duchhoed

Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang

5th -6th November

32

Black Necked Crane Festival

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangdue

11th November

33

Mongar Tshechu

Mongar Dzong, Mongar

26th- 28th November

34

Pemagatshel Tshechu

Pemagatshel Dzong,Pemagatshel

26th- 28th November

35

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang Dzong,Trashigang

27th -29th November

36

Jambay Lakhang Singye

Cham

Jambay Lhakhang,Choekhor Bumthang

3rd December

37

Nalakhar Tshechu

Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Burnthang

3rd - 5th December

38

Druk Wangyel Tshechu

Dochula, Thimphu

13th December

39

Trongsa Tshechu

Trongsa Dzong,Trongsa

26th- 28th December

40

LhuentseTshechu

Lhuentse Dzong,Lhuentse

26th- 28th December

41

Nabji Lhakhang Drup

Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji,Trongsa

2nd- 4th January 2018