Bhutan Festival Calendar


Tshechus (Festivals) are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances, tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.

It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries, the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages, they are performed jointly by monks and village men.

Two of the most popular Tshechus in the country are the Paro and Thimphu Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals, many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.

TENTATIVE BHUTAN FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2020 & 2021

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FESTIVAL

PLACE

2020

2021

1

Takin Festival

Damji, GASA

 

 

2

Nomad Festival

Nagsephel, BUMTHANG

 

 

3

Bhutan International Marathon

(Annual Event organized by BOC)

 

 

4

Punakha Drubchen

Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA

2nd -4th March

Feb 19-21

5

Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA

5th -7th March

Feb 22-24

6

Tharpaling Thongdrol

Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chummi, BUMTHANG

9th March

Feb 27

7

Chhorten Kora

Chorten Kora, TRASHIYANGTSHE

8th April & 22nd April

Mar 28- Apr 11

8

Gomphukora

Gom Kora Lhakhang,TRASHIGANG

1st -3rd April

Mar 21-23

9

Talo Tshechu

Talo Gonpa,PUNAKHA

1st -3rd April

Mar 21-23

10

Gasa Tshechu

Gasa Dzong, GASA

1st -3rd April

Mar 21-23

11

Zhemgang Tshechu

Zhemgang Dzong, ZHEMGANG

1st -3rd April

Mar 21-23

12

Paro Tshechu

Rinpung Dzong, PARO

4th -8th April (Thongdrel on last day)

Mar 21-23

12

Chhukha Tshechu

Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha

24th – 26th Oct

Oct 13-15

13

Rhododendron Festival

Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, THIMPHU

17th-19th Apr

Apr 16-18

14

Domkhar Tshechu

Domkhar, Chummi, BUMTHANG

3rd -5th May

Apr 22-24

15

Ura Yakchoe

Ura Lhakhang, BUMTHANG

4th – 8th May

Apr 25-27

16

Nimalung Tshechu

Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, BUMTHANG

30th June– 1st July

Jun 18-20

17

Kurjey Tshechu

Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG

30th June

Jun 20

18

Haa Summer Festival

Town Festival Ground, HAA

11th-12th Jul

Jul 10-11

18

Mushroom Festival

Genekha, Thimphu

15th-16th Aug

Aug 15-16

19

Matsutake Festival

Ura, BUMTHANG

 

 

20

Tour Of The Dragon (Bicycle Race)

Bumthang to Thimphu

5th Sept

Sep 04

21

Thimphu Drubchen

Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU

22nd Sept

Sep 12

22

Wangdue Tshechu

Tencholing Army Ground, WANGDUEPHODRANG

24th – 26th Sept

Sep 14-16

23

Gangtey Tshechu

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG

28th Sept – 1st Oct (Thongdrel on last day)

Sep 18-20

24

Tamshing Phala Chhoepa

Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG

26th – 28th Sept

Sep 16-18

25

Thimphu Tshechu

Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU

26th – 28th Sept

Sep 16-20

26

Jambay Lhakhang

Bumthang

31st -3rd Nov

Oct 20-22

27

Jakar Tshechu

Bumthang

23rd -27th Oct

Oct 13-15

28

Thangbi Mani

Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang

30th Sept– 2nd Oct

Sep 18-21

29

Jhomolhari Mountain Festival

Dangochong, Thimphu

14th-15th Oct

Oct 14-15

30

Chhukha Tshechu

Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha

24th – 26th Oct

Oct 13-15

31

Prakhar Duchhoed

Prakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang

1st – 3rd Nov

Oct 21-23

32

Dechenphu Tshechu

Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu

26th Oct

Oct 15

33

Black Necked Crane Festival

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang

11th Nov

Nov 11

34

Mongar Tshechu

Mongar Dzong, Mongar

22th – 24th Nov

Nov 12-14

35

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang

22nd -24th Nov

Nov 12-14

36

Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham

Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

30th Nov

Nov 19

37

Pemagatshel Tshechu

Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel

21st – 24th Nov (Thongdrel on last day

Nov 12-14

38

Nalakhar Tshechu

Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

30th Nov – 2nd Dec

Nov 19-21

39

Druk Wangyel Tshechu

Douchula , Thimphu

13th Dec

Dec 13

40

Trongsa Tshechu

Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa

23th – 25th Dec (Thongdrel on last day)

Dec 11-13

41

Lhuentse Tshechu

Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse

23st – 25th Dec (Thongdrel on last day)

Dec 11-13

42

Nabji Lhakhang Drup

Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa

29th –31st Dec

Dec 18-20