Bhutan Festival dates

Bhutan Festival dates listed is provided by Bhutan Tourism Council and Tour Operators Association of Bhutan. As some of the festivals are small village events, the dates may be tentative and change without notice. If you click on the name of particular Bhutan festival, you will find more details such daily program, photos, videos and more.

Tsechu means day 10 of the month (lunar month). Day 10 of month or tsechu hold special significance in the life of Guru Rinphoche, as most significant event takes place on that day, including his birth and hence most of the festivals takes place around the 10th day of the traditional calendar based on lunar month.

Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava, visited Tibet and Bhutan in the 8th century and spread Buddhism. He also converted opponents of Buddhism by performing rites, reciting mantras and finally performing a dance of subjugation to conquer local spirits and gods. He visited Bhutan to aid the dying local Bumthang king Sindhu Raja. Padmasambhava performed a series of such dances in the Bumthang Valley to restore the health of the king. The grateful king helped spread Buddhism in Bhutan. Padmasambhava organized the first tshechu in Bumthang, where the eight manifestations of Padmasambhava were presented through eight forms of dances. These became the Cham dances depicting the glory of Padmasambhava. The later patrons and saints such as Pema Lingpa developed several dances. In addition to mask dances, folk dancing and singing are performed. Some festivals also reenact historical events through dances and dramas.

Tsechus in Bhutan are religious as well as social gatherings, which perform the function of social bonding among people of remote and spread-out villages. Large markets also congregate at the fair locations, leading to brisk commerce. The Thimphu tshechu, Paro tshechu and Jambay Lhakhang Drup are among the biggest of the tsechus in terms of participation and audience. Other events such as the National Day on 17 December, Birthday of 4th King on 11 November and  Birthday of 5th King on Feb 21 &22 are celebrated pompously throughout the country every year.

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2017 Festival Dates for Bhutan

Festival NamePlaceFromTill
Nimalung TsechuNimalungJul 01, 2017Jul 03, 2017
Kurjey TsechuBumthangJul 03, 2017
Alpine Summer FestivalHaaJul 05, 2017
Tamshingphala ChoedpaBumthangSep 29, 2017Oct 01, 2017
Gangtey TsechuGangtey Gonpa, PhobjikhaOct 03, 2017Oct 05, 2017
Jomulhari Mountain FestivalJomulhari Base CampOct 14, 2017Oct 15, 2017
Royal Highland FestivalGasa BhutanOct 23, 2017Oct 24, 2017
Jakar TsechuBumthangOct 29, 2017Oct 31, 2017
Pema Gatshel TsechuPema GatshelNov 01, 2017Nov 03, 2017
Coronation day of 5th KingAll over BhutanNov 01, 2017
Jambay Lhakhang DrupBumthangNov 03, 2017Nov 06, 2017
Prakar DuechoedChumey Valley, BumthangNov 05, 2017Nov 06, 2017
Black Neck Crane FestivalGangtey Monastery, PhobjikhaNov 11, 2017
Mongar TsechuMongarNov 26, 2017Nov 28, 2017
Singye ChamJambay Lhakhang, BumthangDec 03, 2017
Nalakhar TsechuBumthangDec 03, 2017Dec 05, 2017
Druk Wangyel FestivalDochula PassDec 13, 2017
National DayThimphuDec 17, 2017
Lhuentse TsechuLhuentseDec 26, 2017Dec 28, 2017

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