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Thimphu Drubchen & Tshechu(Festival)
The annual Thimphu Tshechu was introduced in 1670 on the eight month of the Bhutanese calander during the regin of the fourth Desi(ruler before kingship), Tenzin Rabgye(1638-1696). The annual Thimphu Tshechu will take place every year over four days in 1st to 5th October 2011, to commemorate the anniversary of Guru Rimpoche(the great Buddhist Scholar). Drubchen & Tshechu are performed to appease the protecting deity Pelden Lhamo(Mahakali) the only female dharma protector common to all four schools od Buddhism. The clergy performs three days rite for the Thimphu Domchoe while the Lham Tsomo dance, a highlight of the Thimphu Domchoe festival.

Paro Tshechu(Festival)
The festival commemorates the deeds of the great saint Guru Rimpoche which are performed in the form of masked dances. The world’s biggest Thanka or Thongdrel is exibited during the Tshechu making Paro Tshechu the most popular and unique. This is not an event organized for tourists; it is an event that has been happening for centuries. The local people attend the festival to gain merit. It is also time where people show case the different Bhutanese costumes and get socialize and make merry.

The festival commence with monks performing Shingje Yab Yum, the dance of the Lord of Death(Shingje) and his consort. This is followed by Durdag, the dance opf the lords of the cremation grounds; Shanag cham, dance of the black hat, Drametse Ngacham, the dance of the drum from eastern Bhutan, De Gye Mang cham, the dance of the eight kinds of spirits,and finally Drongay Chhoeshey, a religious song. Typical Bhutanese dances; Shungdra and Boedra, are performed by the district dancers intermingled within these scared dances.

Puna Drupchen & Serda
Puna Drupchen or Serda festival is different from other Tshechu around Bhutan because of the ‘Serda’ a magnificent proccession which re-enacts an episode of war against the Tibetans in the 17th century. The Punakha Drupchen takes place in the first month of the lunar year which ends with the Serda. It is an annual festival introduced by Shabdrung Rimpoche(Founder of Bhutan) to commemorate the victories over the Tibetans. During the festival, the ‘Pazaps’ or local militia men, dress in battle gear and showcase a battle scene of past recalling the days, when in the absence of a standing army, men from the eight Tshochens-or great village blocks of Thimphu – came forward to defend the country by expeling the Tibetan force out of Bhutan ushering in a new-found internal peace and stability.
The Puna Thongdroel(a painted religious scroll) is unveiled during the festival is of enormous significance. This Thongdroel depicts 20 of the greatest gurus and sages around the centeral figure of Shabdrung, the top half is devoted to the 11 manifestations of Shabdrung’s lineage. The bottom half depicts Bhutan’s spirtual leaders including the current Je Khenpo ( Chief Abbot)

Bumthang: Jambay Lhakhang Drup
This festival is one of the most important in Bhutan and the highlights is the ‘Mewang’ – the fire cermony and the ‘Tercham’ – a religious naked dance. A fire dance is held in the evening to bless infertile women so that they may bear children.The festival dances were composed mostely by Terton Pema Lingpa, the great tresure discoverer of the 15th century. The festival is held for dual reasons; to commemorate the establishment of the Jambay Lhakhang(temple) in 7th century and to honor Guru Rimpoche, a saint who intriduced a Tantric form of Buddhism in Bhutan. A variety of traditiob\nal and mask dances are performed and each dance has a specific meaning and importance. The festival is ends with Ten wang; blessing from the sacred statue of Terton Dorjilingpa.

TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2017

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FESTIVAL

PLACE

DATES

1

Punakha Drubchen

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

4th – 6th March

2

Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

7th –9th March

3

Tharpaling Thongdrol

Tharpaling Lhakhang,

12th March

Chummi, Bumthang

4

Chhorten Kora

Chorten Kora,

11th April & 26th

Trashiyangtshe

April

5

Gomphukora

Gom Kora Lhakhang,

4th – 6th April

Trashigang

6

Talo Tshechu

Talo Gonpa, Punakha

4th –6th April

7

Gasa Tshechu

Gasa Dzong, Gasa

3rd – 6th April

8

Zhemgang Tshechu

Zhemgang Dzong,

4th –7th April

Zhemgang

9

Paro Tshechu

Rinpung Dzong, Paro

7th –11th April

10

Chhukha Tshechu

Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha

9th – 11th April

11

Rhododendron Festival

Lamperi Botanical Garden,

14th – 16th April

Dochula, Thimphu

12

Domkhar Tshechu

Domkhar, Chummi,

5th – 7th May

Bumthang

13

Ura Yakchoe

Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang

7th – 10th May

14

Nimalung Tshechu

Nimalung Dratshang,

1st –3rd July

Chummi, Bumthang

15

Kurjey Tshechu

Kurjey Lhakhang,

3rd July

Choekhor, Bumthang

16

Haa Summer Festival

Haa

5th July

17

Mushroom Festival

Genekha, Thimphu

15th –16th August

18

Masutaki Mushroom Festival

Ura, Bumthang

23rd –24th August

19

Tour Of The Dragon (Bicycle

Bumthang To Thimphu

2nd September

Race)

20

Thimphu Drubchen

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu

26th – 29th

September

21

Wangdue Tshechu

Tencholing Army Ground,

29th September-2nd

Wangduephodrang

October

22

Gangtey Tshechu

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,

3rd–5th October

Wangduephodrang

23

Tamshing Phala Chhoepa

Tamshing Lhakhang,

29th September –

Choekhor, Bumthang

1st October

24

Thimphu Tshechu

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu

30th September –

2nd October

25

Thangbi Mani

Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor,

4th –6th October

Bumthang

26

Jumolhari Mountain Festival

Dangochong, Thimphu

14th –15th October

27

Jakar Tshechu

Jakar Dzong, Choekhor,

29th – 31st October

Bumthang

28

Dechenphu Tshechu

Dechenphu Lhakhang,

30th October

Thimphu

19

Jambay Lhakhang Drup

Jambay Lhakhang,

3rd – 7th November

Choekhor, Bumthang

30

Prakhar Duchhoed

Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi,

4th – 6th November

Bumthang

31

Black Necked Crane Festival

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,

11th November

Wangduephodrang

32

Mongar Tshechu

Mongar Dzong, Mongar

26th – 28th

November

33

Pemagatshel Tshechu

Pemagatshel Dzong,

26th – 28th

Pemagatshel

November

34

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang Dzong,

27th – 29th

Trashigang

November

35

Jambay Lakhang Singye

Jambay Lhakhang,

3rd December

Cham

Choekhor, Bumthang

36

Nalakhar Tshechu

Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor,

3rd – 5th December

Bumthang

37

Druk Wangyel Tshechu

Dochula,

13th December

Thimphu

38

Trongsa Tshechu

Trongsa Dzong,

26th – 28th

Trongsa

December

39

Lhuentse Tshechu

Lhuentse Dzong,

26th – 28th

Lhuentse

December

40

Nabji Lhakhang Drup

Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji,

2nd – 4th January

Trongsa

2018

TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2016

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FESTIVAL

PLACE

DATES

1

PUNAKHA DRUBCHEN

Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA

13th -16th February

2

PUNAKHA TSHECHU

Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA

17th -19th February

3

THARPALING THONGDROL

Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chummi, BUMTHANG

22nd February

4

CHHORTEN KORA

Chorten Kora, TRASHIYANGTSHE

22nd February & 9th March

5

GOMPHUKORA

Gom Kora Lhakhang, TRASHIGANG

16th -18th March

6

TALO TSHECHU

Talo Gonpa, PUNAKHA

16th -18th March

7

GASA TSHECHU

Gasa Dzong, GASA

14th -18th March

8

ZHEMGANG TSHECHU

Zhemgang Dzong, ZHEMGANG

15th -19th March

9

PARO TSHECHU

Rinpung Dzong, PARO

19th March -23rd March

10

RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL

Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, THIMPHU

18th – 20th April

11

DOMKHAR TSHECHU

Domkhar, Chummi, BUMTHANG

16th -18th April

12

URA YAKCHOE

Ura Lhakhang, BUMTHANG

18th -20th April

13

NIMALUNG TSHECHU

Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, BUMTHANG

13th -15th June*

14

KURJEY TSHECHU

Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG

15th June

15

MASUTAKI MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

Ura, BUMTHANG

22nd –23rd August

16

TOUR OF THE DRAGON (BICYCLE RACE)

Bumthang to Thimphu

3rd September

17

THIMPHU DRUBCHEN

Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU

6th -10th October

18

WANGDUE TSHECHU

Tencholing Army Ground, WANGDUEPHODRANG

9th -11th October

19

GANGTEY TSHECHU

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG

9th -11th October

20

TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA

Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG

11th -13th October

21

THIMPHU TSHECHU

Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU

11th -13th October

 

 
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