Bhutan Festivals Calendar 2023

Posted on 22/March/2022

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.
 
Festivals are also a big family and social occasions. 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 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.
 
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Bhutan Festival by popularity

 
Paro and Thimphu Festivals are by far the most popular festivals in Bhutan. There are two main reasons why they are so popular. Firstly, they are located in the Western part of Bhutan, an hour drive away from the airport. So it is possible for you to do a four days visit just to attend the festival. If the festival is taking place in Eastern Bhutan, you would have to visit Bhutan for a minimum of 10 days. Secondly, Paro and Thimphu Festivals take place in spring and autumn respectively, 2 of the best seasons to visit Bhutan.
 
Three years ago, we would usually recommend travelers to books at least six months before their travel dates. With the growing number of hotels in Bhutan, we can usually accommodate travelers on last minute notice. However, do note that experienced guides are in high demand during this period. If you do have some flexibility with your travel schedule, we would recommend going for less popular festivals.
 

What if you can’t catch the festival?

Preparation for the festivals starts weeks before the festival itself. If you are in Bhutan but won’t be able to catch the festival, do visit the Dzong, and you may be able to catch the monks practicing and preparing the material for the festival. This is a great photo opportunity since the materials used for prayer are colourful. This visit can be a meaningful opportunity if you have caught the festival somewhere; you have the chance to see the faces behind the masks and spend time speaking to the monks on the origin and meaning of the festival.

 

 
 

SourceTourism Council of Bhutan




Name Town Start Date End Date
BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF 1 HIS MAJESTY JIGME KHESAR NAMGYEL WANGCHUCK Whole Bhutan Feb 21, 2023 Feb 23, 2023
Punakha Drubchen Punakha Feb 24, 2023 Feb 28, 2023
PELDEN LHAMOI 2 DRUPCHEN/ FESTIVAL OF MAHAKALI Trongsa Feb 25, 2023 Feb 27, 2023
PHURBA DUBCHEN Trashi Yangtse Feb 26, 2023 Mar 07, 2023
TRASHIYANGTSE ANNUAL 5 TSHECHU Trashi Yangtse Feb 27, 2023 Mar 01, 2023
KHENGZOR TSHECHU Pemagatshel Feb 28, 2023 Mar 02, 2023
LICHIBI TSECHU Zhemgang Mar 01, 2023
NAKTSHANG TSECHU Lhuentse Mar 01, 2023 Mar 05, 2023
Punakha Tshechu Punakha Mar 01, 2023 Mar 03, 2023
BHUTAN INTERNATIONAL MARATHON RUN Gasa Mar 04, 2023
NGANGLAM TSHECHU Pemagatshel Mar 05, 2023 Mar 07, 2023
TANGSIBI MANI Bumthang Mar 06, 2023 Mar 10, 2023
CHENGA KORA Trashi Yangtse Mar 07, 2023
Tharpaling Thongdrol Bumthang Mar 07, 2023
ZHURI DUECHOED Bumthang Mar 17, 2023 Mar 18, 2023
Gayden Choedpa Bumthang Mar 19, 2023 Mar 21, 2023
NAMGANG KORA Trashi Yangtse Mar 21, 2023
KHARPHU LHASOL Zhemgang Mar 24, 2023
ZHEMGANG DZONGKHAG TSECHU Zhemgang Mar 28, 2023 Mar 31, 2023
TSIRANG TSHECHU Tsirang Mar 29, 2023 Mar 31, 2023
Talo Tshechu Punakha Mar 29, 2023 Mar 31, 2023
Gasa Tshechu Gasa Mar 29, 2023 Mar 31, 2023
GASA TSECHU Gasa Mar 29, 2023 Mar 31, 2023
TALO TSECHU Punakha Mar 29, 2023 Mar 31, 2023
Gomphukora Trashigang Mar 29, 2023 Mar 31, 2023
PREWCHOED Zhemgang Mar 31, 2023
DZONGDRA TSHECHU Paro Mar 31, 2023 Apr 07, 2023
GOMKORA TSHECHU Trashi Yangtse Mar 31, 2023
PARO TSHECHU CHHENMO Paro Apr 02, 2023 Apr 06, 2023
Chhorten Kora Trashi Yangtse Apr 05, 2023 Apr 20, 2023
KHOMSHAR TSECHU Zhemgang Apr 06, 2023 Apr 08, 2023
Rhododendron Festival Thimphu Apr 14, 2023 Apr 16, 2023
RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL Zhemgang Apr 17, 2023 Apr 19, 2023
RAWABI TSHECHU Lhuentse Apr 28, 2023 Apr 30, 2023
TASHICHOLING LHAKHANG TSHECHU Pemagatshel Apr 28, 2023 Apr 30, 2023
DUNGKHAR TSHECHU Pemagatshel Apr 28, 2023 May 01, 2023
DOMKHAR TSHECHU Bumthang Apr 30, 2023 May 02, 2023
NEYPHU MANI Whole Bhutan Apr 30, 2023
URA YAKCHOED Bumthang May 02, 2023 May 06, 2023
Ura Yakchoe Bumthang May 02, 2023 May 06, 2023
DUMATI TSECHU Zhemgang May 14, 2023
DOLAY DRUPCHEN Whole Bhutan May 20, 2023 May 30, 2023
PREW KHOWCHUNG Lhuentse May 30, 2023
PREW Lhuentse May 30, 2023 Jun 01, 2023
ZOBEL TSHECHU Pemagatshel Jun 02, 2023 Jun 04, 2023
BONCHOED Zhemgang Jun 03, 2023
DER-CHOED Zhemgang Jun 25, 2023 Jun 28, 2023
NIMALUNG TSHECHU Bumthang Jun 26, 2023 Jun 28, 2023
KHAMDANG TENDRA TSHECHU Trashi Yangtse Jun 27, 2023 Jun 28, 2023
TRELDHA TSHECHU Trashi Yangtse Jun 28, 2023
THE SAKTEN TSHECHU Whole Bhutan Jun 28, 2023
HA FESTIVAL Lhuentse Jun 28, 2023 Jul 02, 2023
DUNGSINGMA TSHECHU Pemagatshel Jun 28, 2023
KURJEY TSHECHU Bumthang Jun 28, 2023
Haa Summer Festival Haa Valley Jul 08, 2023 Jul 09, 2023
5 1 THE HAA SUMMER FESTIVAL Haa Valley Jul 09, 2023 Jul 15, 2023
LHAMOI DOEY-PHANG Paro Jul 27, 2023
HUNGLA CHOKHOR Trashi Yangtse Aug 14, 2023 Aug 16, 2023
Masutaki Mushroom Festival Bumthang Aug 15, 2023 Aug 16, 2023
MERAK TSECHU/ SEMI NOMAD FESTIVAL Whole Bhutan Aug 15, 2023 Aug 16, 2023
A-HOI BONCHOED Zhemgang Aug 19, 2023
MATSUTAKE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL Thimphu Aug 20, 2023 Aug 21, 2023
DONGDORLA DUECHOED Zhemgang Aug 23, 2023 Aug 26, 2023
KESIBI CHAA Lhuentse Aug 29, 2023 Aug 31, 2023
TAKILA CHHAM Lhuentse Aug 29, 2023 Aug 31, 2023
TAKILA CHHA FESTIVAL Lhuentse Aug 31, 2023
Tour of the Dragon Bumthang Sep 02, 2023
CHUKOR Trashi Yangtse Sep 04, 2023
TOUR OF THE DRAGON (MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE) Bumthang Sep 07, 2023
CHHA Lhuentse Sep 17, 2023 Sep 19, 2023
THIMPHU DROMCHOE Thimphu Sep 20, 2023
SHINGKHAR RABNEY Bumthang Sep 20, 2023 Sep 24, 2023
Thimphu Drubchen Thimphu Sep 21, 2023
GOENPUNG TSHECHU Pemagatshel Sep 22, 2023 Sep 24, 2023
KOTHAKPA TSHECHU Pemagatshel Sep 22, 2023 Sep 24, 2023
HAA TSECHU Haa Valley Sep 22, 2023 Sep 24, 2023
DROMCHE Paro Sep 22, 2023
WANGDUE TSHECHU Wangdue Phodrang Sep 22, 2023 Sep 24, 2023
TERCHEN DRUPCHEN Paro Sep 23, 2023 Oct 04, 2023
GELING GOENPA TSHECHU Chukha Sep 23, 2023 Sep 24, 2023
LAMAI KUCHOED Bumthang Sep 23, 2023 Sep 25, 2023
7 3 SHAKSINGGOENPA TRADIONAL CHAM TSHECHU Trashi Yangtse Sep 23, 2023 Sep 25, 2023
JANGCHUBLING WANG Lhuentse Sep 24, 2023
7 6 TAMSHING PHALA CHOEDPA Bumthang Sep 24, 2023 Sep 26, 2023
TAMSHING PHALA CHOEDPA Bumthang Sep 24, 2023 Sep 26, 2023
NEY, JANG AND GANGZUR CHHA Lhuentse Sep 24, 2023 Sep 26, 2023
THIMPHU TSHECHU Thimphu Sep 24, 2023 Sep 26, 2023
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Bumthang Sep 24, 2023 Sep 26, 2023
Thangbi Mani Bumthang Sep 24, 2023 Sep 30, 2023
NANGKOR TSHECHU Pemagatshel Sep 27, 2023 Sep 29, 2023
GANGTEY TSHECHU Wangdue Phodrang Sep 27, 2023 Sep 29, 2023
KADAM TSHECHU Pemagatshel Sep 28, 2023 Sep 30, 2023
PHUENTSHOLING THROMDE TSECHU Phuentsholin Sep 29, 2023
KHOMSHAR KHARPHU Zhemgang Sep 29, 2023
DANKALA MANI (MANTRA)/TSHECHU Paro Sep 29, 2023
THANGBI MEWANG Bumthang Sep 29, 2023 Sep 30, 2023
BUM TASHI FESTIVAL Gasa Oct 02, 2023
JOMOLHARI MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL Paro Oct 14, 2023 Oct 15, 2023
Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Thimphu Oct 14, 2023 Oct 15, 2023
JAKAR TSHECHU Bumthang Oct 21, 2023 Oct 25, 2023
BHO-YAK Haa Valley Oct 21, 2023
LANYIRI TSHECHU Pemagatshel Oct 22, 2023 Oct 24, 2023
SERZHONG TSECHU Sarbang Oct 22, 2023 Oct 24, 2023
LAYA AULAY Gasa Oct 22, 2023 Oct 28, 2023
Chhukha Tshechu Chukha Oct 22, 2023 Oct 24, 2023
UGYENCHOLING KANGSEL Bumthang Oct 22, 2023 Oct 24, 2023
LAYA RUN Gasa Oct 23, 2023
TSHEBAR TSHECHU Pemagatshel Oct 23, 2023 Oct 25, 2023
GOENKAR TSECHU Lhuentse Oct 23, 2023 Oct 25, 2023
ROYAL HIGHLAND FESTIVAL Gasa Oct 23, 2023 Oct 24, 2023
CHUKHA TSHECHU Chukha Oct 23, 2023 Oct 24, 2023
DECHENPHUG TSECHU Thimphu Oct 24, 2023
Dechenphu Tshechu Thimphu Oct 24, 2023
PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU Pemagatshel Oct 26, 2023 Oct 28, 2023
DUNGMED TSHECHU Pemagatshel Oct 26, 2023 Oct 28, 2023
CHANGANGKHA LHAKHANG TSECHU Thimphu Oct 27, 2023
JAMBAY LHAKANG SINGYE CHAM Bumthang Oct 27, 2023
JAMBAY LHAKANG DRUP Bumthang Oct 28, 2023 Oct 31, 2023
TSHEPAMI THRONGDREL Paro Oct 28, 2023
PRAKAR DUECHOE Bumthang Oct 29, 2023 Oct 31, 2023
Prakhar Duchhoed Bumthang Oct 29, 2023 Oct 31, 2023
PANBANG TSECHU Zhemgang Nov 02, 2023 Nov 04, 2023
PEMA YOESELCHOLING GOENPA TSECHU Sarbang Nov 04, 2023
SUMTHRANG KANGSEL Bumthang Nov 09, 2023 Nov 13, 2023
BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS MAJESTY JIGME SINGYE WANGCHUCK Whole Bhutan Nov 11, 2023
BLACK-NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL Wangdue Phodrang Nov 11, 2023
BIRD FESTIVAL Zhemgang Nov 11, 2023 Nov 13, 2023
Black Necked Crane Festival Wangdue Phodrang Nov 11, 2023
KHOMSHAR KATAG Zhemgang Nov 12, 2023
CHUZANGANG TSECHU Sarbang Nov 15, 2023
YESHEY GOENPOI DRUPCHEN/ FESTIVAL OF MAHAKALA Trongsa Nov 18, 2023 Nov 20, 2023
MONGAR TSECHU Mongar Nov 19, 2023 Nov 22, 2023
Mongar Tshechu Mongar Nov 19, 2023 Nov 22, 2023
Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Nov 20, 2023 Nov 23, 2023
MENCHU PEMAPHUENDEY Pemagatshel Nov 20, 2023 Nov 22, 2023
DECHENLING TSHECHU Pemagatshel Nov 20, 2023 Nov 22, 2023
TANG NAMKHAR RABNEY Bumthang Nov 21, 2023 Nov 22, 2023
GEOKAR LHAKHANG TSHECHU Trashi Yangtse Nov 22, 2023 Nov 27, 2023
DOEDEL PEMACHOLING TSHECHU Trashi Yangtse Nov 24, 2023 Nov 28, 2023
GOSHING TSECHU Zhemgang Nov 25, 2023 Nov 26, 2023
PHUMITHANG TSECHU Zhemgang Nov 25, 2023 Nov 27, 2023
GAMUNG TSHECHU Pemagatshel Nov 25, 2023 Nov 27, 2023
GONGPHU TSECHU Zhemgang Nov 25, 2023 Nov 27, 2023
BULI TSECHU Zhemgang Nov 25, 2023 Nov 27, 2023
KHANGMA TSHECHU Pemagatshel Nov 26, 2023 Nov 28, 2023
BJOKA TSECHU Pemagatshel Nov 26, 2023 Nov 29, 2023
LADRONG RABNEY Lhuentse Nov 26, 2023 Nov 30, 2023
KHARPHU BONCHOED Zhemgang Nov 27, 2023
MAMUNG TSECHU Zhemgang Nov 27, 2023
TASHIBI TSECHU Zhemgang Nov 27, 2023
NANGLA TSECHU Zhemgang Nov 27, 2023
THRISA TSECHU Zhemgang Nov 27, 2023 Nov 30, 2023
LANGDURBI BONCHOED Zhemgang Nov 27, 2023 Nov 29, 2023
NGA LHAKHANG ZHI Bumthang Nov 27, 2023 Nov 29, 2023
BARDO KHARPHU Zhemgang Nov 27, 2023 Nov 30, 2023
SHINGKHAR TSECHU Zhemgang Nov 27, 2023 Dec 01, 2023
WAMLING TSECHU Zhemgang Nov 27, 2023 Dec 01, 2023
Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Bumthang Nov 27, 2023
Nalakhar Tshechu Bumthang Nov 27, 2023 Nov 29, 2023
CHOJAM RABNEY Bumthang Nov 27, 2023
PANGKHAR CHOEDPA Bumthang Dec 07, 2023 Dec 12, 2023
MONPA Festival Trongsa Dec 10, 2023
JANGCHUBLING TSECHU Lhuentse Dec 10, 2023 Dec 11, 2023
LOMBA Paro Dec 11, 2023
DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHU Thimphu Dec 13, 2023
LHUENTSE DZONG Lhuentse Dec 19, 2023 Dec 23, 2023
DUNGKAR TSHECHU Lhuentse Dec 20, 2023 Dec 22, 2023
TRONGSA ANNUAL TSHECHU Trongsa Dec 20, 2023 Dec 23, 2023
Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dec 20, 2023 Dec 22, 2023
Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dec 20, 2023 Dec 22, 2023
Samdrupjongkhar Tshechu Samdrup Jongkhar Dec 24, 2023 Dec 26, 2023
SAMDRUP JONGKHAR ANNUAL TSECHU Lhuentse Dec 24, 2023 Dec 26, 2023
KILUNG CHOTPA Lhuentse Dec 25, 2023 Dec 26, 2023
Nabji Lhakhang Drup Trongsa Dec 26, 2023 Dec 27, 2023
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