The Tshechu is a festival celebrated in honour of a Buddhist Saint “Guru Rimpoche’, on the 10th day of a month across Bhutan all round the year. The festival is an occasion which draws people from all walks of life in their finest traditional costumes to come together and revel in the festivity. It showcases spectacular masked dances performed by the monks and traditional Bhutanese dances performed by the locals. The masked dances have a story to tell and is believed to bless all who witness it. Tshechu is a fantastic way to experience the culture of Bhutan and indulge in the music, dance and more.

1. Thimphu Tshechu

Thimphu Tshechu is celebrated in the capital city for three days starting on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. This Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in the country and is attended by thousands of people from the neighboring Dzongkhags (districts). It was initiated by the 4th Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867.

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2. Paro Tshechu

Paro Tshechu is a major attraction and people travel from neighboring districts of Thimphu, Wangduephodrang, Haa etc come to participate in the festivity. One of the main attractions of the festival is the display of the gigantic thangkha (embroidered painting) , the Guru Throngdel which is believed to cleanse the viewers sins.

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3. Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Tshechu was introduced introduced by the 70th Je Khenpo upon the request of the local administration to keep alive the noble deeds of Zhabdrung Rinpoche. The festival not only plays an important role in preserving Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions but also provide devout Buddhists with an opportunity for prayer and pilgrimage.

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4. Black Necked Crane Festival

Black Necked Crane Festival is an annual event celebrated at Gangtey Gonpa, in Phobjikha valley. The festival rejoices the arrival of the endangered black necked cranes and creates awareness and understanding on the importance of conserving the endangered Black necked cranes. The festival includes cultural programs such as folk songs and dances and mask dances performed by the local people, crane dances and environmental conservation-themed dramas and songs by the school children.

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5. Bumthang Ura Festival

The Bumthang Ura Festival brings forth several colourful masked dances and cultural festivities of Ura valley including the famous dance known as the Ura Yakchoe. During the festival a sacred and important relic is put on display so that the people can receive blessings from it. You can join the local villagers from the area in their finest clothes for an exciting tradition of music, dancing, colour, and religious blessings.

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6. Jambay Lhakang Drub

Jambay Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in the kingdom founded in the 7th century AD. The Jambay Lhakang Drub is one of the most spectacular festivals in the country which lasts for five days. The highlight of the festival is the fire ritual that is held in the evening where crowds gather to witness the ritualistic naked dance.

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