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Festivals
 
One of the main attractions of the kingdom is its annual religious festivals, the tsechus celebrated to honor Guru Padmasambhava (more commonly referred to as "Guru Rinpoche"). All of Guru Rinpoche's great deeds are believed to have taken place on the 10th day of the month, which is the meaning of the word tsechu. Tsechus are celebrated for several days and are the occasion for dances that are clearly defined in religious content. The religious dances called "cham" can be grouped into three broad categories: dramas with a moral, dances for purification and protection from harmful spirits and dances that proclaim the victory of Buddhism and the glory of Guru Rinpoche. The dancers, either monks or laymen, wear spectacular costumes of bright silk or brocade, ornate hats and extraordinary masks.

Another highlight of the Tsechus are the Atsaras or clowns who are believed to represent Acharyas, religious masters of India. They confront the monks, toss out salacious jokes, and distract the crowd with their antics whenever the religious dances begin to grow tedious. They are the only people permitted to mock religion in a society where sacred matters are treated with the highest respect.

For the Bhutanese, attendance at religious festivals offers an opportunity to become immersed in the meaning of their religion and to gain much merit. The festivals are also occasions for seeing people, and for being seen, for social exchanges, and for flaunting success.


FESTIVAL DATES TILL - 2016

Festival

Place

Dates

Nomad Festival

Bumthang

23rd February

Bhutan International Marathon 

(Annual event organized by bhutan olympic committee)

5th March

Punakha Drubchen

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

14th - 16th February

Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

09-13 Jan,12

Shingkhar Metochodpa

Shingkhar Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang

09 Jan,12

Punakhadrubchen

Punakhadzong, Punakha

17th -19th February

Tharpalingthongdrol

Tharpalinglhakhang, chhumi, bumthang

22nd February

Chhorten Kora

 
Chortenkora, Trashiyangtshe

22ndfebruary & 9thmarch

Gomphukora

Gomkoralhakhang, Trashigang

17th -18th march

Talotshechu

Talogonpo, punakha

16th -18th march

Gasatshechu

Gasadzong, Gasa

14th -17th march

Zhemgangtshechu

Zhemgangdzong, zhemgang

16th -18th march

Parotshechu

Rinpungdzong, Paro

19th – 23rd march

Rhododendron Festival

Lamperi botanical garden, Dochula, thimphu

18th -20thapril

Domkhartshechu

Domkhar, chummi, bumthang

16th -18thapril

Urayakchoe

Uralhakhang, Bumthang

18th -23rdapril

Saktang festival

Saktangkhakhang, Trashigang

12th -16thjune

Nimalungtshechu

Nimalungdratshang, Chummi, bumthang

13th -15thjune

Treldatshechu

Drametse, mongar

12th -24thjune

Jambay Lhakhang Drub

Kurjeylhakhang, choekhor

15thjune

Haa summer Festival

Town festival ground, haa

5th–6thjuly

Meraktshechu

Meraklhakhang, Trashigang

2nd -3rd august

Masutake Mushroom festival

Ura, bumthang

22nd – 23rd august

Chha festival

Tagmochhu,lhuentse

15th -19th august

Tour of the dragon (bicycle race)

Bumthang to thimphu

3rd september

Wangduetshechu

Tencholing army ground, Wangduephodrang

9th – 11thseptember

Thimphudrubchen

Tashichhodzong, Thimphu

7thoctober

Gangteytshechu

Gangteygonpa, phobjikha, wanduephodrang

9th -11thoctober

Tamshingphala Chhoepa

Tamshinglhakhang, Choekhor, bumthang

11th -13thoctober

Thimphutshechu

Tashichhodzong, Thimphu

11th-14thoctober

Thangbimani

Tangbilhakhang, choekor, Bumthang

14th -17thoctober

Prakharduchhoed

Prakarlhakhang, chummi, Bumthang

17th -18thoctober

Jomolhari mountain festival

Dangojang

7th -8thoctober

Chhukhatshechu

Chhukhadzong, chhukha

7th -9thnovember

Jakartshechu

Jakardzong, choekhor, bumthang

6th -10thnovember

Pemagatsheltshechu

Pemagatsheldzong, Pemagatshel

6th -10thnovember

Black necked crane Festival

Gangteygonpa, phobjikha, Wangduephodrang

11thnovember

Mongartshechu Festival

Mongardzong, mongar

6th -9thnovember

Trashigangtshechu

Trashigangdzong, trashigang

7th -11thnovember

Nalakhartshechu

Ngaalhakhang, choekhor, bumthang

14th -15thnovember

Jambaylhakhang Drup

Jambaylhakhang, choekhor, Bumthang

14th -17thnovember

Kangsotshechu

Drametse, mongar

11th -14th december

Drukwangyel Tshechu

Dochula, thimphu

13th december

Trongsatshechu

Trongsadzong, trongsa

8th-10thdecember

Lhuentsetshechu

Lhuentsedzong, Lhuentse

7th -11thdecember

Lhuentsetshechu

Daganatshechu

19th -23rd december


NOTE: - Religious festival dates are tentative, please confirm with your tour operator prior Tentative Festival Dates for 2017 to booking your holiday.

Black Necked Cranes Festival:
The Blacked Necked Crane Festival is held anually on 11th November coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck ,at Gangtey, Phobjikha. The festival date has been fixed for 11th November so that the locals and students can participate in it too.

 

Festival Custom:
Festivals are religious events. The ground where they are held is purified and blessed by lamas, so when you are watching a festival you are, in essence, on the perimeter of an outdoor religious ground. The dancers, whether monks or laymen, are in a state of meditation. They transform themselves into the deities which they represent on the dance ground. They generate a spiritual power, which cleanses, purifies, enlightens and blesses the spectators.
With this in mind, it should be clear that obtrusive, disrespectful or discourteous behavior is out of place. Remember, too, that smoking is not permitted in public places in Bhutan. The dance ground is not a place to eat, drink, talk or laugh loudly at inappropriate times, flash cameras or intrude on the dance space. Common courtesy should rule one's action when photographing dances or onlookers.
Festivals are not pageants or entertainment events. They are not held as tourist attractions. They are genuine manifestations of religious traditions thousands of years old which outsiders are given the privilege of witnessing.
Festivals are held all the year round at temples, dzongs and monasteries throughout Bhutan. Attendance at one of these religious events provides an opportunity for the outsider to experience the extraordinary.

 
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