Experience the exotic festival in Bhutan. Our Bhutan festival tours are crafted to meet the various festivals in Bhutan.
Festivals in Bhutan are called as Tshechus, the most important and celebrated festival in Bhutan. Tshechu is a Dzongkha term to mean the “Tenth Day”. It happens in the tenth day of a month of a lunar calendar. It varies from place to place and Temples to temples, however the essence of Tsechus remains the same and is celebrated in the same grandeur in all places.
Tshechus are festivals extolling the great deeds of the Buddhist Saint, Padmasambhava, popularly known as “Guru Rinpoche” in Bhutan. All of Guru Rinpoche’s great deeds are believed to have taken place on the 10th day of the month, which is the meaning of the word Tshechu, and all Tshechu do in fact take place/begin on 10th days. All the districts, dzongs and a large number of villages in the east, hold annual Tshechu, which attract people from far and wide.
Festivals in Bhutan are celebrated for several days (usually between three and five, depending on where it is taking place) and are the occasion for dances that are clearly defined in religious content. They can be performed by monks, laymen or Gomchens(meditators) and the repertory is more or less the same everywhere. Festivals in Bhutan usually conclude with the veneration of a huge appliqué (a Tibetan Buddhist painting us ally depicting a Buddhist deity, a scene or a mandala) called a “thongdroel”. The thongdroel is unveiled at dawn to bring enlightenment to all who view it. Bhutan festival goers believe that by simply viewing this thongdroel, they can be delivered from the cycle of birth and rebirth, which is the ultimate aim of Buddhism.
Some Bhutan festivals also have a “wang”, a collective verbal blessing given by a high lama. Colored threads are distributed, and people tie them around their necks as witness to the blessing. Sometimes the wang is called “mewang” meaning “blessing by fire” which burns away their impurities.
Festivals in Bhutan are held in different seasons and months, most prominently in the winter months. The weather is very settled across Bhutan at this time of the year. The clear blue skies and crisp air offer splendid opportunities for the committed photographer, especially for those using slide medium. A winter journey to seldom visited eastern Bhutan, with participation in such a festival, would be an unforgettable experience.
Festivals in Bhutan are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances Bhutanese festivals also include colourful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment. The focal point of the festivals is Cham dances. These costumed, masked dances typically are moral vignettes, or based on incidents from the life of the 9th century Nyingma teacher Padmasambhava and other saints.
To make you Bhutan festival tour memorable, we at Bhutanitis Travels make all necessary arrangements to deliver comfort and our Bhutan festival tour itineraries are designed ehnance your experiences. Explore below ssome of our Bhutan festival tour itineraries and we can also customize the itinerary in accordance to your needs. Listed below is the festival date for 2016 & 2017
|11th – 13th Feb||Punakha Drubchen||Punakha Dzong, Punakha|
|14th – 17th Feb||Punakha Tshechu||Punakha Dzong, Punakha|
|19th Feb||Tharpaling Thongdrol||Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang|
|14th – 16th March||Gomphukora||Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang|
|14th – 16th March||Talo Tshechu||Talo Gonpa, Punakha|
|14th – 16th March||Gasa Tshechu||Gasa Dzong, Gasa|
|14th – 17th March||Zhemgang Tshechu||Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang|
|17th – 21st March||Paro Tshechu||Rinpung Dzong, Paro|
|21st March & 5th April||Chhorten Kora||Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe|
|19th – 21st April||Rhododendron Festival||Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu|
|14th – 16th April||Domkhar Tshechu||Domkhar, Chumni, Bumthang|
|16th – 20th April||Ura Yakchoe||Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang|
|09th – 11th July||Nimalung Tshechu||Nimalung Dratshang, Chumni, Bumthang|
|11th July||Kurjey Tshechu||Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang|
|13th & 14th July||Haa Summer Festival||Haa|
|15th & 16th Aug||Mushroom Festival||Genekha, Thimphu.|
|23rd & 24th Aug||Masutaki Mushroom Festival||Ura, Bumthang|
|7th Sept||Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race)||Bumthang to Thimphu|
|4th Oct||Thimphu Drubchen||Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu|
|6th – 8th Oct||Wangdue Tshechu||Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang|
|8th – 10th Oct||Tamshing Phala Chhoepa||Tamshing lhakhang, Bumthang|
|8th – 10th Oct||Thimphu Tshechu||Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu|
|10th – 13th Oct||Gangtey Tshechu||Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang (Thongdral on last day)|
|11th – 14th Oct||Thangbi Mani||Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang|
|14th & 15th Oct||Jhomolhari Mountain Festival||Dangochong, Thimphu|
|6th – 8th Nov||Chhukha Tshechu||Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha|
|5th – 7th Nov||Jakar Tshechu||Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang|
|13th – 16th Nov||Jambay Lhakhang Drup||Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang|
|14th – 16th Nov||Prakhar Duchhoed||Prakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang|
|7th Nov||Dechenphu Tshechu||Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu|
|11th Nov||Black Necked Crane Festival||Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang|
|4th – 6th Dec||Mongar Tshechu||Mongar Dzong, Mongar|
|4th – 6th Dec||Trashigang Tshechu||Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang|
|12th Dec||Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham||Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang|
|11th – 13 Nov||Pemagatshel Tshechu||Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel|
|12th – 14th Dec||Nalakhar Tshechu||Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang|
|13th Dec||Druk Wangyel Tshechu||Douchula , Thimphu|
|4th – 7th Jan, 2020||Trongsa Tshechu||Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa|
|4th – 7th Jan, 2020||Lhuentse Tshechu||Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse|
|10th – 12th Jan, 2020||Nabji Lhakhang Drup||Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa|