Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “tenth day” held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country.
The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.
Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. . In addition to the mask dances tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.
It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages they are performed jointly by monks and village men.
Two of the most popular Tshechus in the country are the Paro and Thimphu Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.
Festival Dates for 2017
|Name||Town||Start Date||End Date|
|Punakha Drubchen||Punakha||Mar 02, 2017||Mar 06, 2017|
|Punakha Tshechu||Punakha||Mar 07, 2017||Mar 09, 2017|
|GOMPHUKORA||Trashi Yangtse||Apr 04, 2017||Apr 06, 2017|
|Paro Tshechu||Paro||Apr 07, 2017||Apr 11, 2017|
|Chhorten Kora||Trashi Yangtse||Apr 11, 2017||Apr 26, 2017|
|Rhododendron Festival||Thimphu||Apr 18, 2017||Apr 20, 2017|
|Ura Yakchoe||Bumthang||May 07, 2017||May 10, 2017|
|Nimalung Tshechu||Bumthang||Jul 01, 2017||Jul 03, 2017|
|Kurjey Tshechu||Bumthang||Jul 03, 2017|
|Thimphu Drubchen||Thimphu||Sep 25, 2017||Sep 29, 2017|
|Wangdue Tshechu||Wangdue Phodrang||Sep 28, 2017||Sep 30, 2017|
|Tamshing Phala Chhoepa||Bumthang||Sep 30, 2017||Oct 02, 2017|
|Thimphu Tshechu||Thimphu||Sep 30, 2017||Oct 02, 2017|
|Thangbi Mani||Bumthang||Oct 04, 2017||Oct 06, 2017|
|Pemagatshel Tshechu||Pemagatshel||Nov 01, 2017||Nov 03, 2017|
|Jambay Lhakhang Drup||Bumthang||Nov 03, 2017||Nov 06, 2017|
|Prakhar Duchhoed||Bumthang||Nov 04, 2017||Nov 06, 2017|
|Black Necked Crane Festival||Wangdue Phodrang||Nov 11, 2017|
|Mongar Tshechu||Mongar||Nov 25, 2017||Nov 28, 2017|
|Trashigang Tshechu||Trashigang||Nov 26, 2017||Nov 29, 2017|
|Jambay Lakhang Singye Cham||Bumthang||Dec 03, 2017|
|Nalakhar Tshechu||Bumthang||Dec 03, 2017||Dec 05, 2017|
|Druk Wangyel Tshechu||Thimphu||Dec 13, 2017|
|Trongsa Tshechu||Trongsa||Dec 25, 2017||Dec 28, 2017|
|Lhuentse Tshechu||Lhuentse||Dec 25, 2017||Dec 28, 2017|