Tshechu festival of Bhutan is an annual religious festival which is celebrated in each and every districts of Bhutan.
The festival is held annually in various monasteries, Dzongs of Bhutan to honor the Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava being his human form), the “Lotus-Born Teacher”, who brought Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century.
The Tshechu is celebrated in in the tenth day of a month coinciding with the Tibetan calendar. Tshechus are large social gatherings, which perform the function of social bonding among people of remote and spread-out village.
The festival is celebrated with religious Buddhist dances, traditional dances, religious play and fairs. Tshechu’s are one of the biggest event of the districts. Its is also a big family and social occasion. People dress up in their finest hand woven colorful clothes and most resplendent jewelry of coral and turquoise. The whole family come and enjoy the religious dances and pray.
Early in the morning on the last day of the celebration the monks display a gigantic Thangkha (embroidered painting) , the Guru Throngdel, inside the Dzong. Thongdrols are especially impressive examples of Buddhist art and never fail to amaze viewers. They are considered so sacred that simply seeing a Thongdrol is said to cleanse the viewer of sin.
The Bhutanese believe through festival attendance one can accumulate spiritual merits and move forward to enlightenment, the ultimate goal of Buddhists. Festival tshechu are also very popular among tourist. During the festival months Bhutan receives the highest arrival numbers of Tourist.
|Domkhar Tsechu||Chumey, Bumthang||Apr 16, 2016||Apr 18, 2016|
|Ura Yakchoe||Ura Bumthang||Apr 18, 2016||Apr 20, 2016|
|Rhododendron Festival||Lampari Botanical Garden||Apr 14, 2016||Apr 17, 2016|
|Nimalung Tsechu||Nimalung||Jun 13, 2016||Jun 15, 2016|
|Kurjey Tsechu||Bumthang||Jun 15, 2016|
|Birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche||All over Bhutan||Jun 15, 2016|
|Ura Matsutake Festival||Ura Valley Bumtahng||Aug 22, 2016||Aug 23, 2016|
|Blessed Rainy Day||All over Bhutan||Sep 23, 2016|
|Thimphu Drubchen||Thimphu||Oct 06, 2016||Oct 10, 2016|
|Wangdue Tshechu||Wangdiphodrang||Oct 09, 2016||Oct 11, 2016|
|Gangtey Tsechu||Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha||Oct 09, 2016||Oct 11, 2016|
|Tamshingphala Choedpa||Bumthang||Oct 11, 2016||Oct 13, 2016|
|Thimphu Tsechu||Thimphu||Oct 11, 2016||Oct 13, 2016|
|Thangbi Mani Festival||Bumthang||Oct 15, 2016||Oct 17, 2016|
|Coronation day of 5th King||All over Bhutan||Nov 01, 2016|
|Chukha Tsechu||Chukha Dzong||Nov 07, 2016||Nov 09, 2016|
|Jakar Tsechu||Bumthang||Nov 07, 2016||Nov 09, 2016|
|Black Neck Crane Festival||Gangtey Monastery, Phobjikha||Nov 11, 2016|
|Pema Gatshel Tsechu||Pema Gatshel||Nov 12, 2016||Nov 14, 2016|
|Jambay Lhakhang Drup||Bumthang||Nov 14, 2016||Nov 17, 2016|
|Prakar Duechoed||Chumey Valley, Bumthang||Nov 15, 2016||Nov 17, 2016|
|Mongar Tsechu||Mongar||Dec 05, 2016||Dec 09, 2016|
|Trashigang Tsechu||Trashigang||Dec 08, 2016||Dec 10, 2016|
|Nalakhar Tsechu||Bumthang||Dec 13, 2016||Dec 15, 2016|
|Druk Wangyel Festival||Dochula Pass||Dec 13, 2016|
|National Day||Thimphu||Dec 17, 2016|