Festival – locally termed as Tshechu are annual religious Bhutanese festivals held in each district or dzongkhag of Bhutan on the tenth day of a month of the lunar Tibetan calendar. The month depends on the place. Tshechus are religious festivals of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tshechus are large social gatherings, which perform the function of social bonding among people of remote and spread-out villages. Large markets also congregate at the fair locations, leading to brisk commerce. The Thimphu tshechu and the Paro tshechu are among the biggest of the tshechus in terms of participation and audience.

TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR YEAR 2021

FESTIVAL

PLACE

DATE

Punakha Drubchen

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

19 -21 February

Trashiyangtse Tshechu

Trashiyangtse Dzong, Trashigyangse

20 – 22 February

Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

22 -24 February

Tharpaling Thongdrol

Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang

27 February

Zhuri Duechoe

Zhuri Lhakhang, Chumig, Bumthang

9 -10 March

Gadhen Choedpa

Ura Lhakhang, Ura Bumthang

12 -13 March

Kharchu Drubchen

Kharchu Lhakhang, Thromdey Bumthang

13 March

Gomphukora

Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang

21 -23 March

Talo Tshechu

Talo Gonpa, Punakha

21 -23 March

Gasa Tshechu

Gasa Dzong, Gasa

21 -23 March

Zhemgang Tshechu

Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang

21 -23 March

Paro Tshechu

Rinpung Dzong, Paro

24 -28  March

Chhorten Kora

Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe

27 February & 13 March

Rhododendron Festival

Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu

16 – 18 April

Domkhar Tshechu

Domkhar, Bumthang.

22 -24 April

Ura Yakchoe

Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang

24 – 28 April

Pedtsheling Kuchoe

Pedtsheling, Bumthang

30  May-1 June

Nimalung Tendra

Nimalung Dratshang, Bumthang.

18 – 20 June

Kurjey Tshechu

Kurjey Lhakhang, Bumthang.

20 June

Haa Summer Festival

Haa

10 & 11  July

Mushroom Festival

Genekha, Thimphu.

15 & 16 August

Masutaki Mushroom Festival

Ura, Bumthang

23 & 24 August

Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle

Bumthang to Thimphu

7 September

Thimphu Drubchen

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu

12 September

Wangdue Tshechu

Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang.

14 – 16 September

Tamshing Phala Chhoepa

Tamshing lhakhang, Bumthang.

16 – 18 September

Thimphu Tshechu

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu

16 – 18 September

Gangtey Tshechu

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha.

18 – 20 September

Thangbi Mewang

Tangbi Lhakhang, Chokhor, Bumthang

19 – 21 September

Jhomolhari Mountain Festival

Dangochong, Thimphu

14 & 15 October

Chhukha Tshechu

Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha

13 – 15 October

Jakar Tshechu

Jakar Dzong, Bumthang.

12 – 16 October

Ugyencholing Kangsoel

Ugyencholing Lhakhang, Bumthang

13 – 15 October

Dechenphu Tshechu

Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu.

15 October

Takar Duechoe

Chumig, Bumthang

20 -23 October

Jambay Lhakhang Drup

Jambay Lhakhang, Bumthang

21 -23   October

Prakhar Duchhoed

Prakar Lhakhang, Chumni, Bumthang

21 –23 October

Royal Highland Festival

Laya, Gasa

23 – 24 October

Sumthrang Kangsoel

Ura, Bumthang

2– 3 November

Black Necked Crane Festival

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha.

11 November

Mongar Tshechu

Mongar Dzong, Mongar

12  – 14 November

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang Dzong,

12 -14 November

Pemagatshel Tshechu

Pemagatshel Dzong,

12 – 14 November

Tang Namkhar Rabney

Tang, Bumthang

14 -17 November

Chojang Rabney

Tang, Bumthang

18 -22 November

Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham

Jambay Lhakhang,

19th November

Nga Lhakhang Zhey

Ngaa Lhakhang, Bumthang.

19 –21 November

Pangkhar Choedpa

Ura Lakhang, Ura, Bumthang

2  –5  December

Druk Wangyel Tshechu

Douchula, Thimphu.

13  December

Trongsa Tshechu

Trongsa Dzong,

12 – 14 December

Samdrupjongkhar Tshechu

Samdrupjongkhar

16 -18 December

Lhuentse Tshechu

Lhuentse Dzong,

12 – 14 December

Shingyer Meto Choedpa

Ura Lhakhag, Ura, Bumthang

19 -23 December

Nabji Lhakhang Drup

Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji,

19 –21 December