Bhutan

Festivals

The Tsechu Is A Festival In Honor Of Guru Padmasambava - "One Who Was Born From A Lotus Flower", Popularly Known As "Guru Rinpoche", The Precious Teacher. This Saint Contributed Enormously To The Diffusion Of Tantric Buddhism In The Himalayan Regions Of Tibet , Nepal , Bhutan Etc. The Tsechu Is A Religious Festival And By Attending It, It Is Believed One Gains Merits. It Is Also A Yearly Social Gathering Where The People Gather To Rejoice, Dressed In Finery.In Order That Bhutan Can Rejoice In Continued Happiness, Many Learned Lamas Established The Tradition Of These Dances. The Deities Of The Tantric Teaching Are Invoked During These Dances. Through Their Power And Benediction, All Misfortunes Are Annihilated, And Peace And Happiness Reign.

The Most Popular Events In The Cultural Itinerary Are The Thimphu , Paro, Punakha, Wangdue And Bumthang Tshechus / Festival.

Tentative Festival Dates For 2015 & 2016 - (Updated)
Sl Festival Place 2015 (Exact Date) 2016 (Tentative Dates)
1 Takin Festival Damji, Gasa 21st February -
2 Nomad Festival Nagsephel, Bumthang 22nd February -
3 Bhutan International Marathon (Annual Event Organized By Boc) 23rd February -
4 Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha 23rd – 27th February 13th -16th February
5 Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 28th Feb – 2nd March 17th – 19th February
6 Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang 5th March 22nd February
7 Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe 5th March & 20th March 22nd February & 9th March
8 Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang,Trashigang 27th – 29th March 16th -18th March
9 Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa,Punakha 27th – 29th March 16th -18th March
10 Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 27th – 30th March 14th -18th March
11 Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 27th – 30th March 15th -19th March
12 Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 31st March – 4th April 19th March -23rd March
13 Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu 18th – 20th April 18th – 20th April
14 Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chummi, Bumthang 28th – 30th April 16th -18th April
15 Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 30th April – 4th May 18th -20th April
16 Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, Bumthang 24th June – 26th June 13th – 15th June
17 Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 26th June 15th June
18 Haa Summer Festival Town Festival Ground, Haa 4th – 5th July -
19 Matsutake Mushroom Festival Ura, Bumthang 22nd– 23rd August 22nd –23rd August
20 Tour Of The Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang To Thimphu 5th September 3rd September
21 Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 18th - 22nd September 6th -10th October
22 Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang 21st - 23rd September 9th – 11th September
23 Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang 21st – 23rd September 9th -11th October
24 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 22nd - 24th September 11th -13th October
25 Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 23rd – 25th September 11th – 13th September
26 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Jhomolhari 7th To 8th October -
27 Thangbi Mani Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang 27th - 29th October 15th -17th October
28 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong,Chhukha 20th – 22nd October 7th -9th November
29 Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang 20th– 23rd October 7th -9th November
30 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel 20th– 23rd October 12th -14th November
31 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 27th - 30th October 14th – 17th November
32 Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang 28th - 30th October 15th –17th November
33 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang 11th November 11th November
34 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 18th - 21st November 5th -9th December
35 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang 19th - 22nd November 8th – 10th November
36 Jambay Lakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 25th November 13th December
37 Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 25th - 27th November 13th -15th December
38 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Dochula, Thimphu 13th December 13th December
39 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 20th - 22nd December 7th -9th January 2017
40 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse 20th - 22nd December 7th -9th January 2017
41 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa 25th – 27th December 12th -14th January 2017
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