Get vivid exposure to culture by witnessing its mesmerizing Bhutan Festivals
Bhutan can seem like a mystical garden to roam around for travelers. There is a beautiful combination of ancient history and nature. You can find a glimpse of this combination all over the country. Let us show you the very best of extraordinary the country of Dzongs. This country of Dzongs has a very rich culture; the visitor of Bhutan will get to know about all rich mosaic of lifestyles and languages of the natives. Though, the natives of Bhutan are also united by their friendliness and unique cultural heritage rooted in Mahayana Buddhism.
From western influence, this culture is remaining isolated. And they are very good to treasure their environment and live in harmony with its elements. In small towns and villages, the population is mainly concentrated and you can really discover the true spirit of the Bhutanese people, in these fascinating places.
What makes Bhutan Festivals Unique than other festivals Around the World ?
Bhutan festivals are worldly known for their vibrancy, richness, and happiness. Every year all the countrymen celebrate the ancient expressions of Buddhist culture and legendary victories with such pomp and show that it attracts visitors and tourists from around the globe.
In the country, every temple and Dzong holds one Tshechu every calendar year. Tshechu actually means ‘10th day’ and each temple celebrates their Tshechu on different months. As this corresponds to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche in the 8thcentury; every festival is held on the 10th of their chosen month. In the Bhutanese calendar and for entire villages and cities Tshechu’s are exceedingly important events, they come together to sing, dance, drink and receive blessings. It is believed that to wash away their sins every single Bhutanese person must join in at least one masked dance. As thousands turn up for the events like Paro and Thimphu, it became spectacular sites to witness.
Below we have listed the most incredible Tshechus of Bhutan. If you plan to attend the festivals it is highly recommended that you book your Bhutan Trip from Druk Explore as they are the best travel agency in Bhutan offering exciting Bhutan tour Packages.
1. Thimpu Tshechu Festival
In the country of thunder dragon, Thimphu Tshechu is the most popular and biggest festival to enjoy. You will be able to witness thousands of people flock to the capital to be a part of the festivities in fine and colorful attires. In every part, you will see vibrant colors, activities, dance performances, and plays in this Bhutan festival. Besides all of these, there are colorful mask dances; which mainly steals the show. In this dance people and monks dance their heart out to celebrate life and cheeriness of Bhutan.
- Duration: 3 days
- When: according to lunar calendar 10th Day of the 8th month.
2. Jambay Lhakhang Festival
In one sentence Jambay Lhakhang Drup means naked dancing, fire dancing, and mask dancing. To honor Guru Rimpoche and to celebrate the foundation of Jambay Lhakhang Monastery Traditional dances are performed by monks and locals. There is Mewang – the fire ceremony, it features locals dancing under a flaming structure made of dry grass attracts thousands of tourists. Meanwhile, the event highlight is– Tercham- ‘Dance of Treasure’, this part of the festivities take place in the middle of the night where masked dancers and monks perform naked.
- Duration: 4 days
- When: Since this is one of the major Bhutan festivals, it is celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar, it can fall anytime during October – November.
3. Paro Festival Festival
In Bhutan, Paro Tshechu is a massive festival and by far the biggest springtime event. Like Thimphu festival, thousands of people and tourists gather in the city to enjoy, socialize and dance. In this festival Monks and Layman dress up in glittering brocade outfits and rebuild famous legends in Buddhism Bhutan. Tourists will surely love the lively feel of the festival, not to mention, that you can enjoy every titbit of it by wearing incredibly intricate face masks that many people wear.
At the end of the Paro festival a four-story Buddhist religious scroll; called high thangka is unrolled in celebration, it is believed that the scroll is over 350 years old.
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- Duration: 3-4 days
- When: Paro festival is the most popular spring festival of Bhutan, and it is celebrated in the months of March or April.
4. Wangduephodrang Tshechu Festival
Wangduephodrang Tshechu is a fairly recent addition to the festival calendar, but it already becomes one of the largest Tshechus in Bhutan. After the new Dzong was constructed the festival was begun, though it draws people from all over Thimphu and Punakha. Wangduephodrang Tshechu is an event of welcome respite for locals who come together to drink, dance and socialize.
The festival is mainly known for its ‘Dance of the Ox’ or the Raksha Mangcham. Like other Festivals of Bhutan, the Wangduephodrang Tshechu concludes with the unfolding of the Guru Tshengye Thongdrol.
- Duration: 3 days
- When: Since it has become one of the major Bhutan festivals, it can fall anytime during October – November according to the Lunar Calendar.
5. Punakha Drubchen Festival
In Bhutan, Out of all the festivals, Punakha Drubchen is most unique. Punakha Drubchen is all about the moments from the Tibetan Army battle of 17th Century and the recreation of some consequential scenes. The local military officials dressed in full battle gear complete with swords recreate and re-enact the scenes. This festival celebrates to the victory and to pay tribute to the countrymen who came forward to send away the Tibetan army out of their country. Book you tickets from the best travel agency in Bhutan i.e Druk Explore. They offer attractive Bhutan Tour Packages which are affordable as well as customizable as per your requirements.
Punakha Drubchen celebrates to shows gratitude to these people because of whom, Tibet was unable to take over Bhutan. Enjoy the festival as well as your Bhutan trip with the services of Druk Explore
- Duration: 3-4 days
- When: this popular Bhutanese festival is usually celebrated in the month of February or March.
6. Haa Summer Festival
Haa Summer Festival is one of the newly found festivals in Bhutan. The festival is mainly dedicated to the nomads of Haa Valley, Locals and tourists come together to celebrate the heritage, religion, culture, and sports of Bhutan.
During this festival, some of the most significant moments and cultures of these nomads are showcased in the form of vibrant pictures and lively paintings.
- Duration: 2-3 days
- When: This Haa Summer Festival is usually celebrated in July, every year, since 2012.
The best and lively part of this festival is even tourists can participate in some of the fun activities like folk dance, yak riding, and food tasting. Witness this festival in Bhutan by booking your tickets from Druk Explore which is also the best travel agency in Bhutan.