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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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2021 Festival Dates for Bhutan

Festival Name Place From Till
Jakar Tsechu Bumthang Oct 12, 2021 Oct 16, 2021
Chukha Tsechu Chukha Dzong Oct 13, 2021 Oct 15, 2021
Jomulhari Mountain Festival Jomulhari Base Camp Oct 14, 2021 Oct 15, 2021
Dechenphu Tshechu(Festival) Dechenphu Lhakhang Thimphu Oct 15, 2021
Prakar Duechoed Chumey Valley, Bumthang Oct 21, 2021 Oct 23, 2021
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang Oct 21, 2021 Oct 23, 2021
Royal Highland Festival Gasa Bhutan Oct 23, 2021 Oct 24, 2021
Lhabab Duchen All over Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan Oct 27, 2021
Black Neck Crane Festival Gangtey Monastery, Phobjikha Nov 11, 2021
Mongar Tsechu Mongar Nov 12, 2021 Nov 14, 2021
Pema Gatshel Tsechu Pema Gatshel Nov 12, 2021 Nov 14, 2021
Trashigang Tsechu Trashigang Nov 12, 2021 Nov 14, 2021
Tang Namkha Rabney Tang, Bumtahang Nov 14, 2021 Nov 17, 2021
Choejam Rabney Tang, Bumthang Nov 18, 2021 Nov 22, 2021
Lhuentse Tsechu Lhuentse Dec 12, 2021 Dec 14, 2021
Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dec 12, 2021 Dec 14, 2021
Druk Wangyel Festival Dochula Pass Dec 13, 2021
Nabji Lhakhang Drup Trongsa Dec 19, 2021 Dec 21, 2021