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Bhutan Festivals

There are many festivals in Bhutan but most are religious and its significance profoundly symbolic. Tsechus are the main festivals in which the dances are performed by both laymen and monks and held annually. Masked men in serene and wrathful forms swirl around, every steps imbibed with spiritual meanings. Its one time of the year when the Bhutanese prove their religious fervor and also a time to take out their best ornaments, ghos and kiras. Tsechus depict the gods in their heavenly abode. It is celebrated in honour of Guru Rimpoche who was born on the 10th day of the month and it is believed that he appears on that day riding on the suns rays. Tsechus are held in all dzongs and in most of the temples.

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    1 PUNAKHA DRUBCHEN Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA 23rd – 27th February
    2 PUNAKHA TSHECHU Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA 28th February – 2nd March
    3 CHHORTEN KORA Chorten Kora, TRASHIYANGTSHE 5th March & 20th March
    4 GOMPHU KORA Gom Kora Lhakhang, TRASHIGANG 27th – 29th March
    5 GASA TSHECHU Gasa Dzong, GASA 27th – 30th March
    6 PARO TSHECHU Rinpung Dzong, PARO 31st March – 4th April
    7 URA YAKCHOE Ura Lhakhang, BUMTHANG 30th April – 4th May
    8 NIMALUNG TSHECHU Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, BUMTHANG 24th – 26th June
    9 KURJEY TSHECHU Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 6th June
    10 TOUR OF THE DRAGON(BICYCLE RACE) Bumthang to Thimphu 5th September
    11 THIMPHU DRUBCHEN Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU 18th – 22nd September
    12 WANGDUE TSHECHU Tencholing Army Ground, WANGDUEPHODRANG 21st – 23rd September
    13 TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA Tamshing Lhakhang,Choekhor, BUMTHANG 22nd – 24th September
    14 THIMPHU TSHECHU Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU 23rd – 25th September
    15 PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU Pemagatshel Dzong, PEMAGATSHEL 20th – 23rd October
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    16 CHHUKHA TSHECHU Chhukha Dzong, CHHUKHA 21st – 23rd October
    17 THANGBI MANI Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, BUMTHANG 27th – 29th October
    18 JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 27th – 31st October
    19 PRAKHAR DUCHHOED Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi,BUMTHANG 28th – 30th October
    20 BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG 11th November
    21 MONGAR TSHECHU Mongar Dzong, MONGAR 18th – 21st November
    22 TRASHIGANG TSHECHU Trashigang Dzong, TRASHIGANG 19th – 22nd November
    23 NALAKHAR TSHECHU Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 25th – 27th November
    24 DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHU Dochula, THIMPHU 13th December
    25 TRONGSA TSHECHU Trongsa Dzong, TRONGSA 20th – 22nd December
    26 LHUENTSE TSHECHU Lhuentse Dzong, LHUENTSE 20th – 22nd December