Festival Tours in Bhutan
Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “tenth day” held annually in various temples, monasteries and Dzongs throughout the country.
The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.
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.
Tshechu means “Tenth day” according to the lunar calendar. It is a common religious festival celebrated each and every nook of the country that is declared in honor of the great Tantric Master Pemasamva also known as (Guru Rimpoche) one who is thought to have borne from Lotus flower ‘in India and subsequently introduced the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism in the Himalayan areas of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan in 8th century
Every 10th day of the lunar calendar is said to commemorate a special event in a life of Guru Rimpoche; and some of these are shown to the people directly in the context of the religious festival or (Tsechu).The first tsechu in Bhutan was started by Desi Tenzin Rabgye, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan to commemorate the birth of Guru Rinpoche (padmasambava) on the 10th -12 Day of Bhutanese calendar. The Tsechu is also a yearly social gathering where Bhutanese people, dressed in all their finest clothing and jewelry and stick together to rejoice, taking a break from their everyday life.
The dates and duration of the Tsechu may vary from one district to another but they invariably hold placed on or about the 10th day of the month according to the Bhutanese lunar calendar.
Religious dances during the Tsechus are performed by monks as well as by the laymen wearing colorful costumes and masks. Every different aspect dance has a symbolic significance. It is thought that one gains enormous merit and blessing of serving it. Gods are called down during the dances; through their power and benediction, misfortunes may be taken out, luck increased and wishes realized. Some of this Tsechus are observed to purify the souls and ward away the malevolent spirits, not necessarily wearing religious masks. The Bhutan Yeodzer Tour has come up with wonderful offer for you to research and enjoy Bhutanese cultural touring and trekking along with a Bhutan festival tour.
Festival Dates for Tsechu
|1||7th -9th April||Talo & Gasa Tsechu||Punakha & Gasa|
|2||7th -9th April||Gomphukora||Trashi Yangtse|
|3||11th -15th April||Paro Tsechu||Paro|
|4||18th-20th April||Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula,||Thimphu|
|5||10th -14th May||Ura yakchoe||Bumthang|
|6||7th June||Kurjey lhakhang, choekhor, bumthang||Bumthang|
|7||5th-7th July||Haa summer festival||Haa|
|8||23rd – 24th August||Masutaki mushroom festival||Bumthang|
|9||6th September||Tour of the dragon (bicycle race)||Thimphu|
|10||28th Sept. – 2nd October||Thimphu Drubchen||Thimphu|
|11||1st – 3rd Oct||Wangdue Tshechu||Wangdue|
|12||1st – 3rd Oct||Gangtey Tshechu||Wangdue|
|13||3rd – 5th Oct||Thimphu Tshechu||Thimphu|
|14||31st Oct – 2nd Nov||Chhukha Tshechu||Chhukha|
|15||31st Oct – 3rd Nov||Jakar Tshechu||Bumthang|
|16||4th – 6th Nov||Pemagatshel Tshechu||Pemagatshel|
|17||6th – 10th Nov||Jambay Lhakhang Drup||Bumthang|
|18||11th Nov||Black Necked Crane festival||Wangdue|
|19||28th Nov – 1st Dec||Mongar Tshechu||Mongar|
|20||30th Nov – 2nd Dec||Trashigang Tshechu||Trashigang|
|21||6th Dec||Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham||Bumthang|
|22||13th Dec||Druk Wangyel Tshechu||Thimphu|
|23||30th Dec – 1st Jan 2015||Trongsa Tshechu||Trongsa|
NOTE: All other festival dates are subject to change without prior notice, but intimate us before you plan for the festivals.
Thimphu Tshechu Tour
Tour Name Duration Places to be visited Thimphu TshechuTour 07 days Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, Thimphu Tsechu is yet another important occasion held every year during the month of October near the courtyard of the Tashichoedzong on the presence of the King, Jekhenpo, member of the monk and the civil servant in the capital.
Paro Tshechu Tour
Tour Name Duration Places to be visited Paro TshechuTour 14 days Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Trongsa & Bumthang, This tour is coincided with Paro Tsechu and will be spread over five districts in Bhutan mentioned above in our schedule table. The Paro Tsechu is the most popular festival celebrated every year in Paro,