Bhutan Festival Dates 2022
Bhutanese Festivals are a significant part of Bhutan’s culture. Most festivals, also known as a ‘tsechu’, are of great religious significance and are mostly celebrated through music and masked dances.
The festivals attract high numbers of Bhutanese communities as they have faith by attending these special celebrations they gain religious merit as well as enjoying a fine social event.
Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “tenth day” held annually in various temples, monasteries, and dzongs throughout the nation.
Tshechus are the biggest events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings, and socialize. In addition to the mask dances, tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment for the visitors.
It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins.
Every mask dance showcase during a festival has a special reason or a story behind it and many are based on history and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries, the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages, they are performed jointly by monks and village men.
In Bhutan, we have three of the most popular Tshechus in the country are the Paro festival, Thimphu festival, and Punakha festival in terms of participation and audience.
Unlike the locals, many visitors from across the globe are attracted to these unique, colorful, and exciting displays of the traditional culture of Bhutan.
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