Festivals in Bhutan

Bhutanese people celebrate different festivals like the Bhutanese new year and other seasonal festivals like the summer solstice etc. But the most common festival is known as Tshechu. It is in fact a religious festival, and is celebrated all over Bhutan, usually after the end of harvest season. The Thimphu Tshechu in the capital of Bhutan is held in mid September.

The main highlight of the Tshechu is the performance of the masked dances by the monks. There are many kinds of maksed dances all involving different moves, masks and costumes. All of them special religious significances.

According to legend, all these dances appeared in the past Buddhist master’s vision during their meditation. The steps and moves are strictly followed as it was performed in the past. Alteration of the steps is seen as sacrilegious and would not be attempted by any masked dance teacher.

Date of Festivals in Bhutan for the Year of 2015 

Punakha Dromchen Punakha 23 to 27 February
Punakha Tsechu Punakha 28 February to 2 March
Chorten Kora Tashi Yangtse 5 and 20 March
Gom Kora Tashigang 27 to 29 March
Paro Festival Paro 31 March to 4 April
Ura Festival Bumthang 1 to 4 May
Nimalung Festival Bumthang 24 to 26 June
Kurjey Festival Bumthang 26 June
Wangdi Festival Wangdiphodrang 21 to 23 September
Thimphu Drupchen Thimphu 22 September
Tamshingphala Choepa Bumthang 23 to 25 September
Thimphu Festival Thimphu 23 to 25 September
Gangtey Festival Gangtey 26 to 28 September
Tangbi Mani Bumthang 27 to 29 September
Jakar Bumthang 21 to 23 October
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang 27 to 30 October
Paker Festival Bumthang 28 to 30 October
Mongar Festival Mongar 18 to 21 November
Tashigang Festival Tashigang 19 to 22 November
Nalakhar Festival Bumthang 25 to 27 November
Trongsa Festival Trongsa 20 to 22 December
Lhuntse Festival Lhuntse 20 to 22 December