Tshechu is one of the most popular festival that is celebrated across Bhutan. It is celebrated in honour of Guru Padsambhava ‘one who was born from lotus flower’. This Indian saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan etc.around 800 A.D. He is the founder of the Nyingmapa, the ‘old school’ of Lamaism which still has numerous followers. The biography of Guru is highlighted by 12 episodes of the model of Buddha’s Shakyamuni’s life. Each episode is commemorated around the year on the 10th day of the month by ‘the tshechu’.
The dates and duration of the festivals vary from one district to another but they always take place on or around the 10th day of the month according to the Bhutanese calendar.
During Tshechus, the dances are performed by monks as well as laymen. The Tshechu is a religious festival and by attending it, it is believed one gains merit. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people, dressed in all their finery, come together to rejoice. Besides Tshechu, many other festivals are also celebrated in Bhutan some of which are unique to the locality’s culture and tradition, while others are celebrated to create awareness for preservation and promotion of endangered species such as blacked-necked crane.
|Sl #||Festival Tour Name||Learn More|
|1||Paro Tshechu||Detail Paro Tshechu|
|2||Thimphu Tshechu||Detail Thimphu Tshechu|
|3||Punakha Tshechu||Detail Punakha Tshechu|
|4||Jakar Tshechu||Detail Jakar Tshechu|
|5||Wangdue Tshechu||Detail Wangdue Tshechu|
|6||Trongsa Tshechu||Detail Trongsa Tshechu|
|7||Tangbi Mani||Detail Tangbi Mani|
|8||Tamzhing Phala Choepa||Tamzhing Phala Choepa|
|9||Jambay Lakhang Drub||Itinerary-Jambay Lakhang Drub|
|10||Kuje Lakhang Festival||Itinerary-Kuje Tshechu|
|11||Tang Namkha Rabney||Itinerary-Tang Namkha Rabney|
|12||Prakhar Duchhoed||Itinerary-Prakhar Duchhoed|
|13||MongarTsechu||Itinerary- Mongar Tshechu|
|14||Gomphu Kora Tshechu||Explore More/Detail Itinerary|
|15||Trashigang Tshechu||Detail Trashigang Tshechu|
|16||Haa Summer Festival||Explore Haa Summer Festival|
|17||Black-Necked Crane Festival||Detail black-necked crane festival|
|17||Gangtey Tshechu||Detail Gangtey Tshechu|