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 - 2018 To 2019(Respectively)

Festival Place 2018 Dates 2019 Dates

Nomad Festival




Bhutan International Marathon

Thimphu,Bhutan(Annual event organized by bhutan olympic committee)

5th March

5th March

Punakha Drubchen

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

21st- 24thFebruary

12th- 14thFebruary

Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

25th- 27thFebruary

15th- 17thFebruary

Shingkhar Metochodpa

Shingkhar Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang

28 th December

28 th December

Tharpaling Thongdrol

Tharpalinglhakhang, chhumi, bumthang

2nd March

19th February

Chhorten Kora

Chortenkora, Trashiyangtshe

31st - 16thApril

21st - 5thApril


Gomkoralhakhang, Trashigang

25th - 26thMarch

14th - 16thMarch

Talo Tshechu

Talogonpo, punakha

24th - 26thMarch

14th - 16thMarch

Gasa Tshechu

Gasadzong, Gasa

4th - 6thMarch

14th - 16thMarch

Zhemgang Tshechu

Zhemgangdzong, zhemgang

24th - 27thMarch

14th - 17thMarch

Paro Tshechu

Rinpung Dzong, PARO

27st - 31stMarch

17th - 21stMarch

Rhododendron Festival

Lamperi botanical garden, Dochula, thimphu

20th -22th April

19th -21st April

Domkhar Tshechu

Domkhar, chummi, bumthang

25th -27th March

14th -16th April

Ura Yakchoe

Uralhakhang, Bumthang

26th -29th April

16th -20th April

Saktang festival

Saktangkhakhang, Trashigang

24th -27th June

24th -27th June

Nimalung Tshechu

Nimalungdratshang, Chummi, bumthang

21 st -23 rd june

10 th -11 th July

Trelda Tshechu

Drametse, mongar

24th -26th June

24th -26th June

Jambay Lhakhang Drub

Kurjeylhakhang, choekhor

24th–27th October

24th–27th October

Haa summer Festival

Town festival ground, haa

14th-15th July

13th-14th July

Merak Tshechu

Meraklhakhang, Trashigang

14th -15th August

14th -15th August

Masutake Mushroom festival

Ura, bumthang

23rd-24th August

23rd-24th August

Chha festival


27th -30th August

27th -30th August

Tour of the dragon (bicycle race)

Bumthang to thimphu

5th September

7th September

Wangdue Tshechu

Tencholing army ground, Wangduephodrang

17th–19th September

5th–7th October

Thimphu Drubchen

Tashichhodzong, Thimphu

15th September

15th September

Gangtey Tshechu

Gangteygonpa, phobjikha, wanduephodrang

17th–19th September

3rd October

Tamshing Phala Chhoepa

Tamshinglhakhang, Choekhor, bumthang

19th–21st September

7th-9th October

Thimphu Tshechu

Tashichhodzong, Thimphu

19th–21st September

7th-9th October

Thangbi Mani

Tangbilhakhang, choekor, Bumthang

23rd–25th September

10th-13th October

Prakhar Duchhoed

Prakarlhakhang, chummi, Bumthang

25th–27th October

14th–16th November

Jomolhari Mountain Festival


7th-8th October

25th-26th October

Chhukha Tshechu

Chhukhadzong, chhukha

20th-22nd October

6th-9th November

Jakar Tshechu

Jakardzong, choekhor, bumthang

21st-23rd October

5th-9th November

Pemagatshel Tshechu

Pemagatsheldzong, Pemagatshel

20th-23rd October

11th-13th November

Black Necked Crane Festival

Gangteygonpa, phobjikha, Wangduephodrang

11th November

29th October

Mongar Tshechu Festival

Mongardzong, mongar

17th–21st November

4th–6th December

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigangdzong, trashigang

7th-11th November

5th-7th December

Nalakhar Tshechu

Ngaalhakhang, choekhor, bumthang

25th-27th November

25th-27th November

Jambay Lhakhang Drup

Jambaylhakhang, choekhor, Bumthang

27th-30th October

13th-16th November

Kangso Tshechu

Drametse, mongar

23rd-26th November

23rd-26th November

Druk Wangyel Tshechu

Dochula, thimphu

13th December

13th December

Trongsa Tshechu

Trongsadzong, trongsa

20th-22nd December

20th-22nd December


Lhuentsedzong, Lhuentse

7th-11th December

7th-11th December

Lhuentse Tshechu


19th-23rd december

04th-07th January

NOTE: - Religious festival dates are tentative, please confirm with your tour operator prior Tentative Festival Dates for 2018-2019 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.