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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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2018 Festival Dates for Bhutan

Festival Name Place From Till
Nimalung Tsechu Nimalung Jun 21, 2018 Jun 23, 2018
Kurjey Tsechu Bumthang Jun 23, 2018
Alpine Summer Festival Haa Jul 14, 2018 Jul 15, 2018
Tamshingphala Choedpa Bumthang Sep 18, 2018 Sep 20, 2018
Gangtey Tsechu Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha Sep 23, 2018 Sep 24, 2018
Jomulhari Mountain Festival Jomulhari Base Camp Oct 14, 2018 Oct 15, 2018
Jakar Tsechu Bumthang Oct 17, 2018 Oct 20, 2018
Chukha Tsechu Chukha Dzong Oct 17, 2018 Oct 19, 2018
Dechenphu Tshechu(Festival) Dechenphu Lhakhang Thimphu Oct 19, 2018
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang Oct 24, 2018 Oct 26, 2018
Prakar Duechoed Chumey Valley, Bumthang Oct 24, 2018 Oct 26, 2018
Black Neck Crane Festival Gangtey Monastery, Phobjikha Nov 11, 2018
Mongar Tsechu Mongar Nov 15, 2018 Nov 18, 2018
Pema Gatshel Tsechu Pema Gatshel Nov 23, 2018 Nov 25, 2018
Nalakhar Tsechu Bumthang Nov 23, 2018 Nov 25, 2018
Druk Wangyel Festival Dochula Pass Dec 13, 2018
Lhuentse Tsechu Lhuentse Dec 15, 2018 Dec 17, 2018
National Day Thimphu Dec 17, 2018
Nabji Lhakhang Drup Trongsa Dec 22, 2018 Dec 24, 2018