Festivals in Bhutan are locally terms as “Tshe-chu” meaning the Tenth Day of a month of lunar calender. It is so since the day is somehow marked as auspicious day by the Great Saint Guru Rimpochhe. Festivals in Bhutan are mostly held in various temples, monasteries and Dzong across the country.
Tshechus are grand 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.
It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories 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.
Two of the most popular Tshechus in the country are the Paro and Thimphu Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals, many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.
The Paro Tshechu is held every spring and is one of the most colorful and significant events in Paro Dzongkhag (district). The Paro Tshechu (Festival) provides a perfect time and place to to witness the pristine environment with blossoming vegetation, unfluring of Thongdrel (Big Scroll Paintings) over the size of large building, taste the colors […]
The Hidden Kingdom of Bhutan & The Thimphu Festival (Small Group Adventure) The Tshechu (festival) is a religious event celebrated on the tenth of a month (lunar calendar), corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche. However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple. Tshechus are grand events […]