This diminutive man from Dotey has been performing mask dance now for thirty years and counting. If health permits, Kaka expects to perform at the Paro Tshechu for another 10 years.
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.
The far flung Gasa Dzongkhag will be bustling with activities as the second Takin festival kicks off today at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park (JDWNP) with the aim to develop and promote wellness tourism.
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park in collaboration with Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) will organise a 2-day takin festival in Tsharijathang, Gasa, in June this year.
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.
The sacred Thimphu Drubchen (popularly known as Thimphu Dromchoey) was performed today at the Thimphu Tashichhodzong. The sacred masked dance is dedicated to appeasing the protecting deity of Bhutan, Pelden Lhamo.
Thimphu Drubchen and Thimphu Tshechu are just around the corner. Thimphu Drubchen is on 24 September, and Thimphu Tshechu on 28, 29 and 30 September. These festivals which take place in the Thimphu Tashichhodzong, is a major tourist attraction in the fall.