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Bhutan Festival Dates 2010

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 Tsechus are held in almost every district attracting hundreds of Bhutanese people in a spirit of festivity, celebration and deep faith. The Tshechus have deep spiritual meanings, and Buddhist practitioners perceive a symbolic connection between dancers and spectators. The faithful can feel the spiritual powers evoked by the dancers dressed in elaborate, often ancient, costumes, masks and headgear. Apart from monk dancers, community folk dancers and singers also perform during the Tshechus. The Bhutanese people consider it a blessing to be able to watch the dances.

Tshechus are held on auspicious days, on the tenth day of the Bhutanese month, and last up to four days in which a series of highly stylized masked dance rituals are performed. The dances are well known and loved by the Bhutanese who come dressed in their best for the very special social occasion for all Bhutanese families.

Festival dates for 2010

  • Please note that the dates are tentative. Please consult with your tour operator for confirmation.
  • Some dates may be missing – we will update the dates as and when we get more info.
Festival Place Dates (2010)
Punakha Dromche Punakha 18 – 22 February
Punakha Tshechu Punakha 23 – 25 February
Chorten Kora Trashiyangtse 28 February – 15 March
Gomkora Trashigang 23 – 25 March
Paro Tshechu Paro 26 – 30 March
Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha 28 – 30 March
Ura Yakchoe Bumthang 24 – 28 April
Nimalung Tshechu Bumthang 19 – 21 June
Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang 21 June
Wangdue Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang 15 – 17 September
Tamshingphala Choepa Bumthang 16 – 18 September
Thimphu Drupchen Thimphu 12 – 16 September
Thimphu Tshechu Thimphu 17 – 19 September
Tangbi Mani Bumthang 22 – 24 September
Shingkhar Rabney Ura, Bumthang
Jakar Dzong Tshechu Bumthang
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang 22 – 26 October
Prakhar Duchhoed Bumthang 23 – 25 October
Sumdrang Kangsol Ura, Bumthang
Mongar Tshechu Mongar 13 – 16 November
Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel 13 – 16 November
Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang 14 – 17 November
Namkha Rabney Tang, Bumthang
Nalakhar Tshechu Bumthang 21 – 23 November
Chozam Rabney Tang, Bumthang
Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa 15 – 17 December
Lhuntse Tshechu Lhuntse 15 – 17 December
Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji, Trongsa
Shingkhar Metochodpa Ura, Bumthang

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