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Bhutan Festival dates for 2011 and 2012 PDF Print E-mail

Thimphu Drubchen & Tshechu(Festival) from 1st to 5th October,2013.
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) from 15th to 19th March 2013.
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(10th to 15th February 2013)
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(10th to 14th November 2013)
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 2014

FESTIVAL
PLACE
DATES
PUNAKHA DRUBCHEN PUNAKHA 6th – 10th Mar
PUNAKHA TSHECHU PUNAKHA 11th – 13th Mar
CHHORTEN KORA TRASHIYANGTSHE 16th Mar & 30th Mar
GOMPHUKORA TRASHIGANG 7th – 9th Apr
PARO TSHECHU PARO 11th – 15th Apr
CHHUKHA TSHECHU CHHUKHA 13th – 15th Apr
URA YAKCHOE BUMTHANG 10th – 14th May
NIMALUNG TSHECHU BUMTHANG 5th – 7th Jun
KURJEY TSHECHU BUMTHANG 7th Jun
TOUR OF THE DRAGON (BICYCLE RACE) BUMTHANG TO THIMPHU 6th Sep
THIMPHU DRUBCHEN THIMPHU 28th Sept. – 2nd Oct
WANGDUE TSHECHU WANGDUEPHODRANG 1st – 3rd Oct
TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA BUMTHANG 2nd – 4th Oct
THIMPHU TSHECHU THIMPHU 3rd – 5th Oct
GASA TSHECHU GASA 3rd – 5th Oct
THANGBI MANI BUMTHANG 7th – 9th Oct
JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP BUMTHANG 6th – 10th Nov
PRAKHAR DUCHHOED BUMTHANG 7th – 9th Nov
BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL WANGDUEPHODRANG 11th Nov
MONGAR TSHECHU MONGAR 28th Nov. – 1st Dec
TRASHIGANG TSHECHU TRASHIGANG 29th Nov. – 2nd Dec
NALAKHAR TSHECHU BUMTHANG 6th – 8th Dec
DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHU DOCHULA, THIMPHU 13th Dec
TRONGSA TSHECHU TRONGSA 30th Dec – 1st Jan 2015
LHUENTSE TSHECHU LHUENTSE 30th Dec. – 1st Jan 2015

TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2015

FESTIVAL

PLACE

DATE

PUNAKHA DRUBCHEN

Punakha Dzong,PUNAKHA

23rd -27th February

PUNAKHA TSHECHU

Punakha Dzong,PUNAKHA

28th February-2nd March

CHHORTEN KORA

Chorten Kora,TRASHIYANGTSE

5th March & 20th March

GOMPHU KORA

Gom Kora, TRASHIYANGTSE

27th -29th March

GASA TSHECHU

Gasa Dzong, GASA

27th -30th March

PARO TSHECHU

Rinpung Dzong,PARO

31st March-4th April

URA YAKCHOE

Ura Lhakhang, BUMTHANG

30th April-4th May

NIMALUNG TSHECHU

Nimalung Dratshang,chummy,BUMTHANG

24th-26th June

KURJEY TSHECHU

Kurjey Lhakhang,Choekhor,BUMTHANG

6th June

TOUR OF THE DRAGON (BICYCLE RACE)

Bumthang to Thimphu

5th September

THIMPHU DRUBCHEN

Tashi choedzong,THIMPHU

18th -22nd September

WANGDUE TSHECHU

Tencholing Army Ground,WANGDUEPHODRANG

21st -23rd September

TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA

Tamshing Lhakhang,Chhoekhor,BUMTHANG

22nd -24th September

THIMPHU TSHECHU

Tashi chhodzong,THIMPHU

23rd -25th September

PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU

Pemagatshel Dzong,PEMAGATSHEL

20th – 23rd October

CHHUKHA TSHECHU

Chhukha Dzong,CHHUKHA

21st -23rd October

THANGBI MANI

Thangbi Lhakhang,Choekor,BUMTHANG

27th – 29th October

JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP

Jambay Lhakhang,Chorkhor,BUMTHANG

27th -31st October

PRAKHAR DUCHHOED

Prakar Lhakhang,Chummi,BUMTHANG

28th -30th October

BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL

Gangtey Gonpa,Phobjikha,WANGDUEPHODRANG

11th November

MONGER TSHECHU

Monger Dzong,MONGER

18th -21st November

TRASHIGANG TSHECHU

Trashigang Dzong,TRASHIGANG

19th -22nd November

NALAKHAR TSHECHU

Ngaa Lhakhang,choekhor,BUMTHANG

25th -27th November

DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHU

Dochula,THIMPHU

13th December

TRONGSA TSHECHU

Trongsa Dzong,TRONGSA

20th -22nd December

LHUENTSE TSHECHU

Lhuentse Dzong,LHUENTSE

20th -22nd December

 
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