Bhutan Festivals Calendar 2020


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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 honor of Guru Rimpoche, 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 staylish 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.

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1Punakha DrubchenPunakha Dzong, Punakha2nd – 4th March
2Punakha TshechuPunakha Dzong, Punakha5th – 7th March
3Tharpaling ThongdrolTharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang9th March
4Chhorten KoraChorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe9th March & 24th March
5GomphukoraGom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang1st -3rd April
6
Talo Tshechu
Talo Gonpa, Punakha1st -3rd April
7
Gasa Tshechu
Gasa Dzong, Gasa1st -3rd April
8Zhemgang Tshechu
Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang
1st -3rd April
9Paro TshechuRinpung Dzong, Paro4th -8th April – (Thongdral on last day)
10Rhododendron FestivalLamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu17th – 19th April
11Domkhar TshechuDomkhar, Chumni, Bumthang2nd -4th May
12Ura YakchoeUra Lhakhang, Bumthang4th – 8th May
13Nimalung TshechuNimalung Dratshang,
Chumni, Bumthang
28th – 30th June
14
Kurjey Tshechu
Kurjey Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
30th June
15Haa Summer FestivalHaa11th – 12th July
16Mushroom FestivalGenekha, Thimphu.15th & 16th Aug
17Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race)Bumthang to Thimphu5th Sept
18Thimphu DrubchenTashi Chhodzong, Thimphu22nd Sept
19Wangdue TshechuTencholing Army Ground,
Wangduephodrang.
24th – 26th Sept
20Tamshing Phala ChhoepaTamshing lhakhang,
Bumthang
26th – 28th Sept
21Thimphu TshechuTashi Chhodzong, Thimphu26th – 28th Sept
22Gangtey TshechuGangtey Gonpa,
Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang.
29th Sept– 1st Oct
(Thongdrel on last day)
23Thangbi MewangTangbi Lhakhang, Choekor,
Bumthang
30th Sept– 2nd Oct
24Jhomolhari Mountain FestivalDangochong, Thimphu14th & 15th Oct
25Royal Highland FestivalLaya, Gasa23th – 24th Oct
26Chhukha TshechuChhukha Dzong, Chhukha24th – 26th Oct
27Jakar TshechuJakar Dzong, Choekhor,
Bumthang.
23th -27th Oct
(thongdrel on 26th)
28Jambay Lhakhang DrupJambay Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
31st Oct -3rd Nov
29Prakhar DuchhoedPrakar Khakhang, Chumig,
Bumthang
1st – 3rd Nov
30Dechenphu TshechuDechenphu Lhakhang,
Thimphu
26th October
31Black Necked Crane FestivalGangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,
Wangduephodrang.
11th Nov
32Bhutan Bird FestivalTingtibi, Zhemgang11th –13th Nov
33Mongar TshechuMongar Dzong, Mongar22nd – 24th Nov
34Trashigang TshechuTrashigang Dzong,
Trashigang.
22nd -24th Nov
35Jambay Lhakhang Singye ChamJambay Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
30th Nov
36Pemagatshel TshechuPemagatshel Dzong,
Pemagatshel.
21st – 24th Nov
(Thongdrel on last day)
37Nalakhar TshechuNgaa Lhakhang, Choekhor,
Bumthang
30th Nov– 2nd Dec
38
Druk Wangyel Tshechu
Douchula,
Thimphu
Douchula,
Thimphu
39Trongsa TshechuTrongsa Dzong,
Trongsa
23rd -25th Dec
(Thongdrel on last day)
40Lhuentse TshechuLhuentse Dzong,
Lhuentse
23rd – 25th Dec
(Thongdrel on last day)
41Nabji Lhakhang DrupNabji Lhakhang, Nabji,
Trongsa
29th –31st Dec (Mewang on 1st January 2021)

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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.

Book you Bhutan festival tour now.
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1Punakha DrubchenPunakha Dzong, Punakha19th – 21st February
2Punakha TshechuPunakha Dzong, Punakha22nd -24th February
3Tharpaling ThongdrolTharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang27th February
4Zhuri DuechoeZhuri Lhakhang, Chumig
Bumthang
9th -10th March
5Gadhen ChoedpaUra Lhakhang, Ura Bumthang12th -13th March
6Kharchu DrubchenKharchu Lhakhang,
Thromdey Bumthang
13th March
7GomphukoraTrashigang21st -23rd March
8Talo TshechuTalo Gonpa, Punakha21st -23rd March
9Gasa TshechuGasa Dzong, Gasa21st -23rd March
10Zhemgang TshechuZhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang21st -23rd March
11Paro TshechuRinpung Dzong, Paro24th -28th March
(ThongdrEl on last day)
12Chhorten KoraChorten Kora,
Trashiyangtshe
27th February & 13th
March
13Rhododendron FestivalLamperi Botanical Garden,
Dochula, Thimphu
16th – 18th April
14Domkhar TshechuDomkhar, Chumig,
Bumthang.
22nd -24th April
15Ura YakchoeUra Lhakhang, Bumthang24th – 28th April
16Pedtsheling KuchoePedtsheling
Lhakhang,Chokhor Bumthang
30th May-1st June
17Nimalung TendraNimalung Dratshang,
Chumig, Bumthang
18th – 20th June
18Kurjey TshechuKurjey Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
20th June
19Haa Summer FestivalHaa10th & 11th July
20Mushroom FestivalGenekha, Thimphu.15th & 16th August
21Masutaki Mushroom FestivalUra, Bumthang23rd & 24th August
22Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle
Race)
Bumthang to Thimphu7th September
23Thimphu DrubchenTashi Chhodzong, Thimphu12th September
24
Wangdue Tshechu
Tencholing Army Ground,
Wangduephodrang.

14th – 16th September
25Tamshing Phala ChhoepaTamshing lhakhang, Chokhor,
Bumthang
16th – 18th September
26Thimphu TshechuTashi Chhodzong, Thimphu16th – 18th September
27Gangtey TshechuGangtey Gonpa,
Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang.
18th – 20th September
(Thongdrel on last day)
28Thangbi MewangTangbi Lhakhang, Chokhor,
Bumthang
19th – 21st September
29Jhomolhari Mountain FestivalDangochong, Thimphu14th & 15th October
30Chhukha TshechuChhukha Dzong, Chhukha13th – 15th October
31Jakar TshechuJakar Dzong, Thromdey,
Bumthang.
12th – 16th October
32Ugyencholing KangsoelUgyencholing Lhakhang,
Tang, Bumthang
13th – 15th October
33Dechenphu TshechuDechenphu Lhakhang,
Thimphu
15th October
34Takar DuechoeChumig, Bumthang20th -23rd October
35Jambay Lhakhang DrupJambay Lhakhang,
Chokhor, Bumthang
21st -23th October
36Prakhar DuchhoedPrakar Lhakhang, Chumni,
Bumthang
21st –23rd October
37Royal Highland FestivalLaya, Gasa23th – 24th October
38Sumthrang KangsoelUra, Bumthang2nd – 3rd November
39Black Necked Crane FestivalGangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,
Wangduephodrang.
11th November
40
Mongar Tshechu
Mongar Dzong, Mongar12th – 14th November
41
Trashigang Tshechu
Trashigang Dzong,
Trashigang.
12th – 14th November
42Pemagatshel TshechuPemagatshel Dzong,
Pemagatshel.
12th – 14th November
(Thongdral on last day)
43Tang Namkhar Rabney
Tang, Bumthang
14th -17th November
44
Chojang Rabney
Tang, Bumthang18th -22nd November