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Bhutan Festivals Calendar 2014

Masked Dancers making an entrance at a festival

Festivals in the Land of the Thunder Dragon are rich and happy expressions of its ancient Buddhist culture. These festivals are held in all districts in honour of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Tsechus are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar, and last up to four days in which a series of highly stylised masked dance rituals are performed.

 

Masked Dancers at Paro Festivals

Festivals are also a big family and social occasion. People dress up in their finest clothes and most resplendent jewelry of coral and turquoise. They pack picnic lunches in their traditional bamboo baskets and stay all day at the festivals which are usually held in the dzongs (fortresses) or at monasteries.

 

Behind the scenes, the monks prepare themselves for weeks ahead of the festival, involved in deep prayer and meditation prior to the festival. The monks perform special masked dances that are inspirations of enlightened beings in history; and the Bhutanese believe that watching these mystical dances is essential to gain enlightenment.

 

 

All Bhutanese try to attend a festival at least once in a lifetime, and for many, it is an important annual affair where they consider it a blessing to be able to watch the dances. Apart from the monks, community dancers also participate in the local festivals.

The Thangkha display at Paro Festivals in early morning light

The tsechus are a rich form of the oral history tradition where the Bhutanese pass on values, mythology and spiritual beliefs through the dance dramas. Many of the tsechus culminate with a rare display of a giant silk applique thangkha (painting) depicting Guru Padmasambava or some other important Buddhist deity.

 

People’s deep faith and devotion make these festivals a special occasion. At the same time, it is also an opportunity to join hundreds, and even thousands, of Bhutanese in taking part in an important religious and social occasion that often exudes a carnival atmosphere.

 

SourceTourism Council of Bhutan


Written by + Cipto Handoyo



Type Name Town Start Date End Date
Festival Takin Festival Gasa Feb 21, 2014 Feb 23, 2014
Festival Nomad Festival Bumthang Feb 23, 2014
Festival Punakha Drubchen Punakha Mar 08, 2014 Mar 10, 2014
Festival Punakha Tshechu Punakha Mar 11, 2014 Mar 13, 2014
Festival Tharpaling Throngdrol Bumthang Mar 16, 2014
Festival Chhorten Kora Trashi Yangtse Mar 16, 2014 Mar 30, 2014
Festival Gomphukora Trashi Yangtse Apr 07, 2014 Apr 09, 2014
Festival Talo Tshechu Punakha Apr 07, 2014 Apr 09, 2014
Festival Gasa Tshechu Gasa Apr 07, 2014 Apr 10, 2014
Festival Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Apr 07, 2014 Apr 10, 2014
Festival Paro Tshechu Paro Apr 11, 2014 Apr 15, 2014
Festival Rhobodendron Festival Thimphu Apr 18, 2014 Apr 20, 2014
Festival Domkhar Tshechu Bumthang May 09, 2014 May 11, 2014
Festival Ura Yakchoe Bumthang May 11, 2014 May 14, 2014
Festival Nimalung Tshechu Bumthang Jul 05, 2014 Jul 07, 2014
Festival Haa Summer Festival Haa Valley Jul 05, 2014 Jul 06, 2014
Festival Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang Jul 07, 2014
Festival Masutaki Mushroom Festival Bumthang Aug 23, 2014 Aug 24, 2014
Festival Tour of the Dragon Bumthang Sep 06, 2014
Festival Thimphu Drubchen Thimphu Sep 28, 2014 Oct 02, 2014
Festival Wangdue Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang Oct 01, 2014 Oct 03, 2014
Festival Gangtey Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang Oct 01, 2014 Oct 03, 2014
Festival Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Bumthang Oct 03, 2014 Oct 05, 2014
Festival Thimphu Tshechu Thimphu Oct 03, 2014 Oct 05, 2014
Festival Thangbi Mani Bumthang Oct 07, 2014 Oct 09, 2014
Festival Chhukha Tshechu Chukha Oct 31, 2014 Nov 02, 2014
Festival Jakar Tshechu Bumthang Oct 31, 2014 Nov 03, 2014
Festival Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Nov 04, 2014 Nov 06, 2014
Festival Jambhay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang Nov 06, 2014 Nov 09, 2014
Festival Prakhar Dromchen Bumthang Nov 07, 2014 Nov 09, 2014
Festival Black-Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Nov 11, 2014
Festival Mongar Tshechu Mongar Nov 28, 2014 Dec 01, 2014
Festival Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Nov 30, 2014 Dec 02, 2014
Festival Nalakhang Tshechu Bumthang Dec 06, 2014 Dec 08, 2014
Festival Jambay Lakhang Singye Cham Bumthang Dec 06, 2014
Festival Druk Wangyel Tshechu Thimphu Dec 13, 2014
Festival Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dec 30, 2014 Jan 01, 2015
Festival Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dec 30, 2014 Jan 01, 2015
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