Festival tours in Bhutan

Festival tours in Bhutan is mostly about the religious, and it is known as Tshechu in local language; are held many parts of Bhutan as a tribute to Guru Padsambhava (known  as Guru Rimpoche); the one who was born from lotus flower and introduced the Nyingma School of Buddhism into Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan in 8th century.

Tshechu are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances Tshechu 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 Tshechu in the country are the Paro and Thimpu Tshechu 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.

Major festival dates in Bhutan are...

  • Nomad festival – Bumthang – 23 February 2017
  • Rhododendron festival – Lamperi Botanical Park – 14 to 16 April 2017
  • Haa Summer festival – Haa valley – 8 and 9 July 2017
  • Genekha Mushroom festival – Genekha – 15 to 16 August 2017
  • Matsutake Mushroom festival – Ura – 23 to 24 August 2017
  • Jomolhari Mountain festival – Jangothang – 14 to 15 October 2017 – tentative
  • Royal Highland festival – Laya – 23 to 24 October 2017
  • Black Necked Crane festival – Gangtey – 11 November 2017
  • Druk Wangyel festival – Dochu La – 13 December 2017
Punakha Tshechu
The Punakha Tshechu festivals not only play an important role in preserving Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions but also provide devout Buddhists with an opportunity for prayer and pilgrimage. They reflect the richness of the Bhutanese cultural heritag
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Punakha Drubchen
The Punakha Drubchen is a unique festival because it hosts a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle with Tibetan army. The ‘pazaps’ or local militia men, dress in traditional battle gear and reenact the ancient battle scene.
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Nomad Festival
Nomad Festival, this annual gathering of Bhutan’s nomadic highlanders brings together the herders of the northeastern and northwestern Himalayan frontiers in an unforgettable celebration of their unique culture and traditions.
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