Festivals of Bhutan are a must-see on all visitors list of things to do in Bhutan. Every temple in every village in every valley has its own festival, 100s of years old. Unlike festivals elsewhere, the festivals of Bhutan are almost always religious in nature, with mask dances as the predominant performance. If you are visiting Bhutan, you should time your visit with one of the festivals in our festivals list. The list has the all the major festivals in Bhutan.
Once a year a Dzong or an important village may hold a religious festival called a Tsechu. Villagers from the nearby villagest come for several days of religious observances and socializing while contributing auspicious offerings to the monastery of the festival.
When you are planning your trip to Bhutan, it is a good idea to be aware of the Bhutanese national holidays. On these holidays, all the government offices and institutions are closed.
The Buddhist festivals or Tshechus are one of the prime examples of the living culture of Bhutan that many have come to admire and to treasure. The Tshechu is a festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan and the Himalayan world.
The restoration work on the 395 year old Gangteng Sang Ngak Choling (popularly known as the Gangtey Goenpa) in Phobjikha valley has been completed, and an elaborate ceremonies for the consecration of the monastery has been planned.
The Jakar Tshechu in Bumthang, which was scheduled to be held from the 6 to 9 November, 2008 will be held from the 29 to 31 October, 2008. The original dates were found to be clashing with the Coronation Celebrations.
Festivals form an inseparable part of the Bhutanese culture. The Tshechus (festivals) are celebrated for 3 to 5 days in which both monks and laymen take part in the dances.