Festivals or Tshechu (“tenth day”) are Bhutanese festivals held every year in various temples monasteries and dzongs across the country. The Tshechu is mainly a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of lunar calendar corresponding to the birth day of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the month of Tshechu depends on place to place and temple to temple.
Tshechus are huge community gatherings where people from different villages come in concert to witness the sacred mask dances which are based on incidents from the time of Guru Padmasambhava and to receive blessings from lamas. The event also consists of rich Bhutanese dances and other entertainments.
Each mask dances performed during Tshechu has a meaning or a legend behind. In monasteries the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages they are performed jointly by monks and village men. Among many Tshechus in the country most popular are Paro and Thimphu Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals many tourists from across the world are fascinated by this unique, colorful and exciting culture. It is said that everyone have to attend a Tshechu and view the mask dances at least once to get the blessings and wash away the sins.

Below is the Tentative Festival Dates and itinerary for the year 2014.