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Festivals in Bhutan

Festival of BhutanThe Festivals in Bhutan have reputations for being raucous, joyous affairs, but they are holy spiritual events with attendees gaining merit for the next life. At various times of the year, Bhutanese in towns and villages congregate to witness the masked dance festivals known as Tsechus. These colorful events draw thousands of locals, some of whom walk for days in order to attend. While the underlying purpose is spiritual, dances are more often like plays where good triumphs over evil or depict significant historical events, especially surrounding the life of Bhutan’s patron saint, Padmasambhava (also known as guru Rinpoche). There is inevitably a great deal of socializing; it is an opportunity for people to relax and forget the daily routine, to dress in their finest clothes and jewelry but, more importantly, it is an occasion for prayer and blessings.

Festival of BhutanTsechus mainly comprise of mask dances in addition to some very nice folk dance entertainment in between. All festivals are not pageants or entertainment events and definitely not held as promotion of tourists’ attraction. They are genuine manifestations of religious traditions thousands of years old, which outsiders are given the privilege to attend. This festival is held in Thimphu, Paro and Bumthang. They mark the busiest time of year for the tourism industry. Airplane tickets and hotel rooms are frequently difficult to come by. Tourists are allowed into the dzongs to watch the festivals, but are not allowed into the inner sanctuaries. Photography should always be done in a discreet and respectful manner, befitting the religious occasion. It is generally allowed for photographs to be taken at tshechus but not at dromchoes.Tentative Dates for Bhutan Festival 2009.

We will customize a tour & trek around the festival period of your choice to make your holiday enjoyable.

Tentative Dates for Bhutan Festival 2009
No.
Name of Festival
Place
Tentative Dates
01
Dromche & Tshechu
Punakha
Mar 1 – Mar 8
02
Chorten Kora
Trashiyangtse
Mar 11 & Mar 26
03
Gom kora
Trashigang
Apr 2 – Apr 4
04
Paro Tshechu
Paro
Apr 5 – Apr 9
05
Chhukha Tshechu
Chhukha
Apr 7 – Apr 9
06
Ura Yakchoe
Bumthang
May 5 – May 9
07
Nimalung Tshechu
Bumthang
Jun 30 – Jul 2
08
Kurjey Tshechu
Bumthang
July 2
09
Thimphu Drupchen
Thimphu
Sep 23 – Sep 27
10
Wangdi Tshechu
Wangdi Phodrang
Sep 26 – Sep 28
11
Thimphu Tshechu
Thimphu
Sep 28 – Sep 30
12
Tamshingphala Choepa
Bumthang
Sep 27 – Sep 29
13
Tangbi Mani
Bumthang
Oct 3 – Oct 9
14
Jambay Lakhang Drup
Bumthang
Nov 2 – Nov 6
15
Prakhar Duchhoed
Bumthang
Nov 3 – Nov 5
16
Mongar Tshechu
Mongar
Nov 25 – Nov 27
17
Pemagatsel Tshechu
Pemagatsel
Nov 25 – Nov 27
18
Trashigang Tshechu
Trashigang
Nov 26 – Nov 28
19
Nalakhar Tshechu
Bumthang
Dec 2 – Dec 4
20
Trongsa Tshechu
Trongsa
Dec 25 – Dec 27
21
Lhuntse Tshechu
Lhuntse
Dec 25 – Dec 27

We will customize a tour & trek around the festival period of your choice to make your holiday enjoyable.
 
Tentative Dates for Bhutan Festival 2010
No.
Name of Festival
Place
Tentative Dates
01Punakha DromchePunakha

Feb 18th - 22nd, 2010

02Chorten KoraTrashiyangtseFeb 28th & Mar 15th, 2010
03Gom koraTrashigangMar 23rd to Mar 25th, 2010
04Paro TshechuParoMar 26th to Mar 30th, 2010
05Chhukha TshechuChhukhaMar 28th to Mar 30th, 2010
06Ura YakchoeBumthangApr 24th to Apr 28th, 2010
07Nimalung TshechuBumthangJun 19th to Jun 21st, 2010
08Kurjey TshechuBumthangJun 21st, 2010
09

Thimphu Drupchen

ThimphuSep 12th to Sep 16th, 2010
10Wangdi TshechuWangdi PhodrangSep 15th to 17th, 2010
11Tamshingphala ChoepaBumthangSep 16th to Sep 18th, 2010
12Thimphu TshechuThimphuSep 17th to Sep 19th, 2010
13Tangbi ManiBumthangSep 22nd to Sep 24th, 2010
14Jambay Lakhang DrupBumthangOct 22nd to Oct 26th, 2010
15Prakhar DuchhoedBumthangOct 23rd to Oct 25th, 2010
16Mongar TshechuMongarNov 13th to Nov 16th, 2010
17Pemagatsel TshechuPemagatsel Nov 13th to Nov 16th, 2010
18Trashigang TshechuTrashigang Nov 14th to Nov 17th, 2010
19Nalakhar TshechuBumthangNov 21st to Nov 23rd, 2010
20Trongsa TshechuTrongsaDec 15th to Dec 17th, 2010
21Lhuntse TshechuLhuntseDates to be confirmed

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