Thimphu Drubchen

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Thimphu Drubchen or Drupchen (popularly known as Thimphu Dromchoey) is performed at the Thimphu Tashichhodzong. The sacred masked dance is dedicated to appeasing the protecting deity of Bhutan, Pelden Lhamo. The dance ceremony was instituted between 1705 and 1709 by Kuenga Gyaltshen, the first reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, son of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. According to legend, Pelden Lhamo appeared before him and performed the dances while he was in meditation. Based on these dances, Kuenga Gyeltshen initiated the dance ceremony. Thimphu Drubchen is one day public event preceding the popular 3 day Thimphu Tsechu festival. Because it is mainly to appease the protecting deities, it is considered more sacred and was not open for tourists until recently. Photographing may be prohibited during the Drubchen.
Although no formal clothing is not required, you are expected to dress properly: No shorts/half pants/track pants hats and caps are not permitted inside the Dzong. Women not wearing pants are expected to wear full sleeves, pants or over the knee length skirts.

Festival NamePlaceFromTo
Thimphu DrubchenThimphuSep 10, 20241 Day
Thimphu DrubchenThimphuSep 28, 20251 Day
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