Domkhar Tsechu

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The Domkhar festival takes place in the Chumey Valley of Bumthang district. It is believed to have been initiated by Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363), a revered Tibetan Buddhist figure known for his profound teachings. Longchenpa’s influence led to the dominance of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage of Dzogchen (Great Perfection) over other Dzogchen traditions. He sought refuge in Bumthang, Bhutan, to evade conflict among his students, where he relinquished his monastic vows, married, and had a daughter and a son. Longchenpa also established several small monasteries in Bhutan, including Tharpaling, his primary residence situated atop the hill above Chumey.

As one of Bhutan’s lesser-known festivals, the Domkhar Tsechu offers a unique glimpse into the spiritual traditions of the region. Today, the Domkhar festival remains a small village event, which may not be as well-planned or choreographed as larger festivals. Nonetheless, through its vibrant celebrations and sacred rituals, the festival honors the legacy of Longchenpa while fostering a profound sense of community and spiritual connection among its participants.

Festival NamePlaceFromTo
Domkhar TsechuChumey, BumthangMay 07, 2025May 09, 2025
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