Bhutan Festivals Calendar 2021

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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
Talo Tshechu
Talo Gonpa, Punakha1st -3rd April
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
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,
24th – 26th Sept
20Tamshing Phala ChhoepaTamshing lhakhang,
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,
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,
23th -27th Oct
(thongdrel on 26th)
28Jambay Lhakhang DrupJambay Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
31st Oct -3rd Nov
29Prakhar DuchhoedPrakar Khakhang, Chumig,
1st – 3rd Nov
30Dechenphu TshechuDechenphu Lhakhang,
26th October
31Black Necked Crane FestivalGangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,
11th Nov
32Bhutan Bird FestivalTingtibi, Zhemgang11th –13th Nov
33Mongar TshechuMongar Dzong, Mongar22nd – 24th Nov
34Trashigang TshechuTrashigang Dzong,
22nd -24th Nov
35Jambay Lhakhang Singye ChamJambay Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
30th Nov
36Pemagatshel TshechuPemagatshel Dzong,
21st – 24th Nov
(Thongdrel on last day)
37Nalakhar TshechuNgaa Lhakhang, Choekhor,
30th Nov– 2nd Dec
Druk Wangyel Tshechu
39Trongsa TshechuTrongsa Dzong,
23rd -25th Dec
(Thongdrel on last day)
40Lhuentse TshechuLhuentse Dzong,
23rd – 25th Dec
(Thongdrel on last day)
41Nabji Lhakhang DrupNabji Lhakhang, Nabji,
29th –31st Dec (Mewang on 1st January 2021)