EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

There are many festivals held at different locations at different times of the year. The best known of the festivals are "Tshechus" which are celebrated in honor of Guru Padmasambhava commemorating his great deeds. Popularly known as "Guru Rimpoche". This Indian saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan region of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan around 800 AD.

Guru Padmasambhava is founder of the Nyingmapa, the old school of Lamaism, which still has numerous followers. The biography of Guru is highlighted by 12 episodes on the model of Buddha Shakyamuni's life.

"Tshechu" which has become the name of very popular festival commemorate each episode around the year on the 10th day of the month. The dates and the duration of festival vary from one place to another but they all take place on or around 10th day of the month according to Bhutanese calendar.

Tshechus are celebrated for several days, between three and five according to location, and are the occasion for dances that are clearly defined in religious content. Both monks as well as laymen take part in these dances which are performed in a similar manner at each of the Tshechus. Certain Tshechus end with the worship of a huge applique Thangkha representing Guru Rimpoche and his eight manifestations. It is called 'THONGDROEL' and is believed that simply by viewing it people can be delivered from the cycle of reincarnations. The Bhutanese people attach great importance to festivals, which allow them to become immersed in their religion and gain merit, and it is because of this importance that the festivals are so well preserved. These events are also a time for the local people to socialize, to laugh, to joke with their neighbors and acquaintances, to dress in their finest clothes and jewelry, to eat well and generally to have good time.
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Punakjha Drubchhen Punakha February 13, 2013 February 19, 2013 
Punakha Tshechu Punakha  February 20, 2013 February 22, 2013 
Chhorten Kora Trashiyangtse February 25, 2013 March 11, 2012 
Gomphukora Trashigang March 20, 2013 March 22, 2013 
Paro Tshechu Paro March 23, 2013 March 27, 2013 
Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha March 25, 2013 March 27, 2013 
Ura Yakchoe Bumthang April 21, 2013 April 25, 2013 
Nimalung Tshechu Bumthang June 16, 2013 June 18, 2013 
Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang June 18, 2013  
Thimphu Drubchen Thimphu September 9, 2013 September 13, 2013 
Wangdue Tshechu Wangduephodrang September 12, 2013 September 14, 2013 
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Bumthang September 13, 2013 September 15, 2013 
Thimphu Tshechu Thimphu September 14, 2013 September 16, 2013 
Thangbi Mani Bumthang September 18, 2013 September 20, 2013 
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang October 18, 2013 October 22, 2013 
Prakhar Duchhoed  Bumthang October 19, 2013 October 21, 2013 
Crane Festival Wangduephodrang November 11, 2013  
Mongar Tshechu Mongar November 9, 2013 November 12, 2013 
Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel November 9, 2013 November 12, 2013 
Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang November 10, 2013 November 13, 2013 
Nalakhar Tshechu Bumthang November 17, 2013 November 19, 2013 
Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa January 9, 2014 January 11, 2014 
Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse  January 9, 2014 January 11, 2014 
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