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Our country is known for its colorful festivals, taking place at different times of the year at different regions. The most popular is the “Tshechu” known to attract people in their best attires. It is a religious festival based in Buddhism. This festival is celebrated on the 10th day of a particular month. This festival is celebrated for several days ranging for three days to fine days. During this festival various folk dances, masks dances known as “Cham” and other theatrical performance consisting, epics of saints are performed. Monks, and laymen from the locality will perform these dances.

The Atsaras or the clowns, with their hysterical expressive masks, lighten the festival up, and they are an indispensable part of the festival. They distract the crowds, often with vulgar jokes. It is believed that Atsaras represent Acharayas (Buddhist masters in ancient India) The clowns have the freedom to express and plays an important role in the festival.

Some of the Tshechu ends with a display if a huge Scroll called “Thongdroel” (Enlightenment at Sight). This beautifully embroidered Scroll is unveiled in a huge ceremony on the facade of the huge Dzongs. This ceremony, followed by devotees lining up to view this magnificent peace of art is a scene to be witnessed. The festivals bring the Bhutanese people to immerse into understanding Buddhism and gain merit. The festivals also gives people a chance to celebrate their successful harvest, wear beautiful jewelries and enjoy picnic with family members and friends. The foods usually comprise of red rice, dried meats cooked with radish and dried red chilies. This gives the people to meet with each other and interact, joke and flirt.

Name Town Start Date End Date
Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Nov 11, 2019
Chhorten Kora Trashi Yangtse Mar 21, 2019 Apr 05, 2019
Chhukha Tshechu Chukha Nov 06, 2019 Nov 08, 2019
Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Thimphu Nov 08, 2019
Domkhar Tshechu Bumthang Apr 14, 2019 Apr 16, 2019
Druk Wangyel Tshechu Thimphu Dec 13, 2019
Gangtey Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang Oct 10, 2019 Oct 13, 2019
Gasa Tshechu Gasa Mar 14, 2019 Mar 16, 2019
Gomphukora Trashigang Mar 14, 2019 Mar 16, 2019
Haa Summer Festival Haa Valley Jul 13, 2019 Jul 14, 2019
Jakar Tshechu Bumthang Nov 05, 2019 Nov 09, 2019
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang Nov 13, 2019 Nov 16, 2019
Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Bumthang Dec 12, 2019
Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Thimphu Oct 14, 2019 Oct 15, 2019
Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang Jul 11, 2019
Masutaki Mushroom Festival Bumthang Aug 23, 2019 Aug 24, 2019
Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dec 04, 2019 Dec 06, 2019
Mushroom Festival Thimphu Aug 15, 2019 Aug 16, 2019
Nalakhar Tshechu Bumthang Dec 12, 2019 Dec 14, 2019
Nimalung Tshechu Bumthang Jul 10, 2019 Jul 11, 2019
Paro Tshechu Paro Mar 17, 2019 Mar 21, 2019
Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Nov 11, 2019 Nov 13, 2019
Prakhar Duchhoed Bumthang Nov 14, 2019 Nov 16, 2019
Punakha Drubchen Punakha Feb 11, 2019 Feb 13, 2019
Punakha Tshechu Punakha Feb 14, 2019 Feb 17, 2019

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