Thimphu Tshechu

One of the famous and biggest festivals in Bhutan is Thimphu Tshechu which runs for three days in the capital city. The most populous festival with visitors from all the districts is found in it. The Tshechu had only a few dances in 1867. The festival took a major change in 1950 after the introduction of various dances by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Another important factor about the Thimphu Tshechu festival is the Atsaras who act as clowns. The Apsaras are said to be the people who do not crave anything and are above the feeling of anger, desire, or shame. The dance is believed to stop evil forces and stop them from harming during the Tshechu. Atsaras these days also perform short skits to enlighten or to make people aware of social values. During this festival, the farmers believe that it is a period of relaxation away from farming life. They celebrate this occasion as a period to receive blessings and pray for sound health.

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