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.


1 Takin Festival Damji, GASA    
2 Merak Tsechu / Semi Nomad Festival Gengo, Merak 7th-8th July  
3 Bhutan International Marathon (Annual Event organized by
4 Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha 26-28 February 16th -18th Feb
5 Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 01-03 March 19th -21st Feb
6 Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang,
Chumi, Bumthang
07 March 24th Feb
7 Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe 05-20 April 25th Mar & 8th April
8 Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang,Trashigang 29-31 March 17th -19th March
9 Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa,Punakha 29-31 March 17th -19th March
10 Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 29-31 March 17th -19th March
11 Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 29-31 March 17th -19th March
12 Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 01-05 April 20th -24th March
12 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 13-15th Oct 10th-12th Oct
13 Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu 14-16 April 15th – 17st April
14 Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chummi, Bumthang 30 April-02 May 18th -20th April
15 Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 02-06 May 20th – 24th April
16 Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, Bumthang 26-28 June 14th -16th June
17 Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 28 June 16th June
18 Haa Summer Festival Town Festival Ground, Haa 08-09 July 9th -10th July
18 Matsutake Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu Aug 12-13 15th & 16th Aug
19 Matsutake Festival Ura, Bumthang 15-16 August  
20 Tour Of The Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang to Thimphu 02 September 3rd Sep
21 Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 21 September 8th Sep
22 Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang 22-24 September 11th– 13th Sep
23 Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang 27-29 September 16th -18th Sep
24 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 24-26 September 13th -15th Sep
25 Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 24-26 September 12th -14th Sep
26 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
Oct 20-23 17th -21th Oct
27 Jakar Tshechu Bumthang 22-24 October 10th -12th Oct
28 Thangbi Mewang ThangbiLhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang Sep 18-21 17th -19th Sep
29 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu 14-15 October 14th & 15th Oct
30 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 22-24 October 1st -3rd Nov
31 Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Khakhang, Chumni,
29-31 October 18th -20th Oct
32 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang,
24 October 3rd Nov
33 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,
11 November 11th Nov
34 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 19-22 November 9th -11th Nov
35 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong,
20-23 November 9th -11th Nov
36 Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
27 November 15th Nov
37 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong,
20-23 November 9th -11th Nov
38 Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor,
27-29 November 15th -17th Nov
39 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula,
13 December 13th Dec
40 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong,
20-22 December 8th – 10th Dec
41 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong,
20-22 December 8th – 10th Dec
42 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji,
26-27 December 15th-16th Dec