The Bhutanese have a long standing tradition of celebrating the end of the harvest season by dressing up in their finest and going to the local Dzongs to watch the spectacular traditional and religious masked dances and dramas. The festivals, known locally as “Tsechu” (lit. 10th day of the 10th month), is celebrated mainly to commemorate Guru Padmasambava’s many victories against malevolent spirits and demons in his quest to introduce Buddhism into Bhutan. His various exploits are the centrepiece of the dances and plays acted out in detail in the Tsechus. The festivals are also an opportunity to provide blessings for good health, safety, prosperity and for a good harvest in the coming year. Of the various tsechus that take place all over Bhutan, the major ones are the Thimphu Tsechu, Paro Tsechu and Punakha Tsechu.
In addition to the Tsechus, there are other festivals like “Dromchoe”, “Mewang”, and the interestingly titled Naked Dance. All festivals have a predominantly Mahayaha Tantric Buddhist theme filled with spectacular displays of colour, skills, art and excitement. It is a time for the farmers, who have laboured in their fields all year long, to let loose and to catch up with family members and friends in a festive environment. We welcome you to be part of this unique experience.
Check out the tentative festival calendar for Bhutan.
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