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Bhutan Festival Date

Bhutan Festival Date 2024

Bhutan is known for its vibrant and colorful festivals, which play a significant role in the country’s rich cultural heritage. Festivals in Bhutan are often religious and mark important events in the life of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan. One of the most famous and widely celebrated festivals is the Paro Tsechu, but there are many others throughout the year. Here are a few notable Bhutanese festivals.

Punakha Drubchen

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

16th -18th Feb

Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

19th -21st. Feb

Tharpaling Thongdrol

Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang

24th Feb

Gomphukora

Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang

17th -19th March

Thangbi Mani

Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang

25th -27th Feb

Talo Tshechu

Talo Gonpa, Punakha

17th -19th March

Gasa Tshechu

Gasa Dzong, Gasa

17th -19th March

Zhemgang Tshechu

Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang

17th -19th March

Paro Tshechu

Rinpung Dzong, Paro

21st -25th March (Thongdral on last day)

Chhorten Kora

Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe

25th March & 8th April

Rhododendron Festival

Lamperi Botanical Park, Thimphu

13th – 14th April

Domkhar Tshechu

Domkhar, Chumi, Bumthang.

18th -20th April

Ura Yakchoe

Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang

20th -24th April

Nimalung Tshechu

Nimalung Dratshang, Chumi, Bumthang

14th -16th June

Kurjey Tshechu

Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

16th June

Tour of the Dragon (Mountain Bike Race)

Bumthang to Thimphu

2nd Sept

Thimphu Drubchen

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu

9th Sept

Wangdue Tshechu

Wangduephodrang

11th -13th Sept

Pemagatshel Tshechu

Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel.

9th -11th Nov (Thongdral on last day)

Tamshing Phala Chhoepa

Tamshing lhakhang, Bumthang

13th -15th Sept

Thimphu Tshechu

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu

13th -15th Sept

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Gangtey Tshechu

Gangtey Gonpa, Wangduephodrang

16th -18th Sept (Thongdral on last day)

Jhomolhari Mountain Festival

Dangochong, Thimphu

14th -15th Oct

Chhukha Tshechu

Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha

9th -11th Nov

Jakar Tshechu

Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang.

10th -12th Nov

Jambay Lhakhang Drup

Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

15th –18th Nov

Prakhar Duchhoed

Prakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang

16th -18th Nov

Dechenphu Tshechu

Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu

11th Nov

Black Necked Crane Festival

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang.

11th Nov

Mongar Tshechu

Mongar Dzong, Mongar

8th -10th Dec

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang.

9th -11th Decc

Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham

Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

15th Dec

Pemagatshel Tshechu

Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel.

9th -11th Nov (Thongdral on last day)

Phuntsholing Tshechu

Phuntsholing, Chhukha

8th – 10th Dec

Druk Wangyel Tshechu

Douchula , Thimphu

13th Dec

Nalakhar Tshechu

Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

15th -17th Dec

Nabji Lhakhang Drup

Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa

15th-16th Dec

Trongsa Tshechu

Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa

9th -11th Jan 2025 (Thongdral on last day)

Lhuentse Tshechu

Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse

8th -10th Jan 2025 (Thongdral on last day)

Samdrupjongkhar Tshechu

Samdrupjongkhar

11th -13th Jan 2025

 

Highlights of Bhutan Festival

The Most Popular Thimphu Festival

The Thimphu Tshechu is a lively and vibrant annual festival held in the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. Celebrated in the courtyard of the Tashichho Dzong, this religious event typically takes place in September or October, depending on the Bhutanese lunar calendar. The festival is a colorful display of traditional mask dances (cham), showcasing Bhutanese culture and religious stories.

Popular Bhutan Festivals

Bhutan is known for its vibrant and colorful festivals, which play a significant role in the country’s rich cultural heritage. Festivals in Bhutan are often religious and mark important events in the life of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan. One of the most famous and widely celebrated festivals is the Paro Tsechu, but there are many others throughout the year. Here are a few notable Bhutanese festivals:

  1. Paro Tsechu:

    • Held annually in Paro, usually in March or April.
    • Features masked dances (cham) performed by monks, depicting stories from Buddhist mythology.
    • The highlight is the unveiling of the Thongdrel (large religious scroll) early in the morning on the last day.
  2. Thimphu Tsechu:

    • Celebrated in the capital city, Thimphu, usually in September or October.
    • Similar to Paro Tsechu, it includes mask dances, cultural performances, and the display of a Thongdrel.
  3. Punakha Drubchen and Tsechu:

    • The Punakha Drubchen precedes the Punakha Tsechu and involves reenactments of ancient battles.
    • Punakha Tsechu, held in February or March, features traditional mask dances and religious rituals.
  4. Jambay Lhakhang Drup:

    • Takes place in Bumthang in late October or early November.
    • Involves fire rituals and the famous “Mewang” (fire ceremony) held at night.
  5. Wangdue Phodrang Tsechu:

    • Celebrated in the town of Wangdue Phodrang in September.
    • Features mask dances and traditional Bhutanese performances.
  6. Haa Summer Festival:

    • Celebrated in the Haa Valley in July.
    • Showcases traditional Bhutanese culture, nomadic lifestyles, and local cuisine.
  7. Talo Tshechu:

    • Held in the village of Talo in Punakha in March or April.
    • Features mask dances and cultural programs.
  8. Nimalung Tsechu:

    • Takes place in the Bumthang Valley in June.
    • Highlights include traditional dances and religious ceremonies.

These festivals are not only significant religious events but also offer an opportunity for locals and visitors to come together, celebrate, and experience Bhutanese culture. The dates of festivals can vary from year to year based on the Bhutanese lunar calendar, so it’s advisable to check the specific dates for the year of your visit.

 

Bhutan Spring Festival

Popular Paro Spring Festival

One of the popular spring festivals in Paro is the Paro Tsechu. Tsechu means “day ten” in Bhutanese, and the festival is celebrated on the tenth day of a month in the Bhutanese lunar calendar, usually falling in March or April. The Paro Tsechu is one of the biggest and most significant religious festivals in Bhutan, drawing locals and tourists alike.

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