Bhutan Festivals Date 2022 / 2023

Tshechus (Festivals) are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances, tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.

It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries, the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages, they are performed jointly by monks and village men.

Two of the most popular Tshechus in the country are the Paro and Thimphu Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals, many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.

TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2022 & 2023

SN FESTIVAL PLACE 2023 2022
1 Takin Festival Damji, GASA
2 Merak Tsechu / Semi Nomad Festival Gengo, Merak 7th-8th July
3 Bhutan International Marathon (Annual Event organized by
BOC)
4 Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha 26-28 February 9th -11th March
5 Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 01-03 March 12th -14th March
6 Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang,
Chumi, Bumthang
07 March 18th March
7 Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe 05-20 April 30th April
8 Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang,Trashigang 29-31 March 9th -11th April
9 Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa,Punakha 29-31 March 9th -11th April
10 Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 29-31 March 9th -11th April
11 Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 29-31 March 9th -11th April
12 Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 01-05 April 12th -16th April
12 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 13-15th Oct 1st -3rd Nov
13 Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu 14-16 April 15th – 17st April
14 Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chummi, Bumthang 30 April-02 May 11th -13th May
15 Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 02-06 May 13th – 17th May
16 Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, Bumthang 26-28 June 7th -9th July
17 Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 28 June 9th July
18 Haa Summer Festival Town Festival Ground, Haa 08-09 July 9th -10th July
18 Matsutake Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu Aug 12-13 15th & 16th Aug
19 Matsutake Festival Ura, Bumthang 15-16 August
20 Tour Of The Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang to Thimphu 02 September 3rd Sep
21 Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 21 September 1st Oct
22 Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang 22-24 September 3rd – 5th Oct
23 Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang 27-29 September 7th -9th Oct
24 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 24-26 September 5th -7th Oct
25 Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 24-26 September 5th -7th Oct
26 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
Oct 20-23 8th -12th Nov
27 Jakar Tshechu Bumthang 22-24 October 1st -3rd Nov
28 Thangbi Mewang ThangbiLhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang Sep 18-21 8th -10th Oct
29 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu 14-15 October 14th & 15th Oct
30 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 22-24 October 1st -3rd Nov
31 Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Khakhang, Chumni,
Bumthang
29-31 October 9th -11th Nov
32 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang,
Thimphu
24 October 3rd Nov
33 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,
Wangduephodrang
11 November 11th Nov
34 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 19-22 November 1st -3rd Dec
35 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong,
Trashigang
20-23 November 1st -3rd Dec
36 Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
27 November 7th Dec
37 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong,
Pemagatshel
20-23 November 1st -3rd Dec
38 Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor,
Bumthang
27-29 November 8th -10th Dec
39 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula ,
Thimphu
13 December 13th Dec
40 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong,
Trongsa
20-22 December 30th Dec – 1st Jan
2023
41 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong,
Lhuentse
20-22 December 30th Dec – 1st Jan
2023
42 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji,
Trongsa
26-27 December 6th-7th Jan 2023

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