Festival and Events in Bhutan

Festivals in Bhutan are rich and happy expressions of its ancient Buddhist culture. These festivals are held in all districts of Bhutan in honour of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Tsechus are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar, and last up to four days in which a series of highly stylised masked dance rituals are performed.

Behind the scenes, the monks prepare themselves for weeks ahead of the festival, involved in deep prayer and meditation prior to the festival. The monks perform special masked dances that are inspirations of enlightened beings in history; and the Bhutanese believe that watching these mystical dances is essential to gain enlightenment.

All Bhutanese try to attend a festival at least once in a lifetime, and for many, it is an important annual affair where they consider it a blessing to be able to watch the dances. Apart from the monks, community dancers also participate in the local festivals.

The tsechus are a rich form of the oral history tradition where the Bhutanese pass on values, mythology and spiritual beliefs through the dance dramas. Many of the tsechus culminate with a rare display of a giant silk applique thangkha (painting) depicting Guru Padmasambava or some other important Buddhist deity.

People’s deep faith and devotion make these festivals a special occasion. At the same time, it is also an opportunity to join hundreds, and even thousands, of Bhutanese in taking part in an important religious and social occasion that often exudes a carnival atmosphere.

Bhutan Festival dates 2024

19 Haa Summer Festival Haa 10th & 11th July
20 Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu. 15th & 16th August
21 Masutaki Mushroom Festival Ura, Bumthang 23rd & 24th August
22 Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle
Bumthang to Thimphu 7th September
23 Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 12th September
24 Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground,
14th – 16th September
25 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing lhakhang, Chokhor,
16th – 18th September
26 Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 16th – 18th September
27 Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa,
18th – 20th September
(Thongdrel on last day)
28 Thangbi Mewang Tangbi Lhakhang, Chokhor,
19th – 21st September
29 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu 14th & 15th October
30 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 13th – 15th October
31 Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Thromdey,
12th – 16th October
32 Ugyencholing Kangsoel Ugyencholing Lhakhang,
Tang, Bumthang
13th – 15th October
33 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang,
15th October
34 Takar Duechoe Chumig, Bumthang 20th -23rd October
35 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang,
Chokhor, Bumthang
21st -23th October
36 Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Lhakhang, Chumni,
21st –23rd October
37 Royal Highland Festival Laya, Gasa 23th – 24th October
38 Sumthrang Kangsoel Ura, Bumthang 2nd – 3rd November
39 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,
11th November
40 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 12th – 14th November
41 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong,
12th – 14th November
42 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong,
12th – 14th November
(Thongdral on last day)
43 Tang Namkhar Rabney Tang, Bumthang 14th -17th November
44 Chojang Rabney Tang, Bumthang 18th -22nd November

Religious festival dates are tentative so please confirm with us prior to confirming your holiday plan.

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