Tamshingphala Choedpa

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The Tamshing Phala Choepa Festival, held annually at the Tamshing Monastery in Bumthang, Bhutan, is a vibrant celebration deeply rooted in religious and cultural significance. Originating from the 16th century, the festival commemorates the construction of the monastery by the revered treasure revealer, Terton Pema Lingpa, and his protective deity, Dorji Phagmo. Over three days, the festival features mesmerizing mask dances, including the ancient Khandroi Gar Cham, performed with precision and grace by dancers moving in unison. The festival’s name, Phala Choepa, derives from a mask dance personally performed by Terton Pema Lingpa, wearing a pig mask sculpted by himself, symbolizing the appearance of his protective deity in the form of a pig. This sacred event draws large crowds, including tourists, showcasing Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage and spiritual traditions.

Festival NamePlaceFromTo
Tamshingphala ChoedpaBumthangSep 13, 2024Sep 15, 2024
Tamshingphala ChoedpaBumthangOct 02, 2025Oct 04, 2025
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