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Tshechu means “tenth day,” a religious event celebrated on the tenth day of a lunar calendar annually in various temples, monasteries, and Dzongs throughout the country; however, the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place, temples to temples, dzong to dzong. The entire community, families, and loved ones come together to witness the festival, blessings and socialize together in the event. Believed that everyone must attend the Tshechu and see the mask dances to receive prayer and drain out all sins, every individual come with colorful costumes with packed lunch to witness the festivals and enjoy the day.

Thimphu Tshechu Festival

Thimphu Tshechu Festival: Bhutan's biggest celebration with mask dances and prayers for good fortune. Attending the festival is believed to bring good fortune.

Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival

Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival in Bumthang features mask dances, a fire ceremony, and the Dance of Treasure to bless infertile women.

Wangdue Phodrang Tshechu Festival

Wangdue Phodrang hosts the Lozey festival with speeches, songs, and dances, including 'The Dance of Ox.' It concludes with Guru Tshengye Thongdrol paintings.

Punakha Tshechu and Drubchen Festival

Punakha Drubchen festival reenacts a 17th-century battle with locals in traditional gear. Pays tribute to victory over Tibetans. Punakha Tshechu was introduced to preserve Buddhism.

Paro Tshechu Festival

Paro Tshechu is a five-day festival in Bhutan where monks and laymen dress up and dance together. The giant Thangka painting is shown to all on the last day.

Matsutake Festival

Matsutake Festival in Ura Valley celebrates the mushroom season with picking excursions and local lifestyle experiences.

Jomolhari Mountain Festival

Jomolhari festival is celebrated for two days at the foothills of Mt. Jomolhari. The 'Snow Leopard Show' raises awareness about declining snow leopard numbers. Locals wear traditional attire and dance to folk songs.

Nimalung Festival

The festival includes traditional folk dances, vibrant attire, and a Mask Dance. It culminates with a rare display of a giant silk painting depicting Guru Padmasambava and other important deities. 

Nomad Festival

The Nomad Festival in Bumthang showcases the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of Bhutan's nomadic people. It features a royal procession and stalls selling indigenous arts, crafts, and food.

Takin Festival

Takin Festival in Bhutan showcases Takin, the national animal. Nomadic tribes sell local items and traditional dishes which helps them to earn money.

Here's a complete list of Bhutan Festivals

Punakha DrubchenPunakha Dzong, Punakha16th -18th Feb
Punakha TshechuPunakha Dzong, Punakha19th -21st Feb
Tharpaling ThongdrolTharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang24th Feb
GomphukoraFom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang17th-19 March
Talo TshechuTalo Gonpa, Punakha17th-19 March
Gasa TshechuGasa Dzong, Gasa17th-19 March
Zhemgang TshechuZhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang17th-19 March
Paro TshechuRinpung Dzong, Paro20th -24th March (Thongdral on last day)
Chhorten KoraChorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe25th March & 8th April
Domkhar TshechuDomkhar, Chumni, Bumthang.18th -20th April
Ura YakchoeUra Lhakhang, Bumthang20th -24th April
Nimalung TshechuNimalung Dratshang, Chumni, Bumthang14th -16th June
Kurjey TshechuKurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang16th June
Tour of the Dragon (Mountain Bike Race)Bumthang to Thimphu2nd Sept
Thimphu DrubchenTashi Chhodzong, Thimphu8th Sept
Wangdue TshechuTencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang.11th -13th Sept
Tamshing Phala ChhoepaTamshing lhakhang, Bumthang13th -15th Sept
Thimphu TshechuTashi Chhodzong, Thimphu12th -14th Sept
Gangtey TshechuGangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang.16th -18th Sept (Thongdral on last day)
Thangbi ManiTangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang17th -19th Sept
Jhomolhari Mountain FestivalDangochong, Thimphu14th -15th Oct
Chhukha TshechuChhukha Dzong, Chhukha10th -12th Oct
Jakar TshechuJakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang.10th -12th Oct
Jambay Lhakhang DrupJambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang17th -21st Oct
Prakhar DuchhoedPrakar Khakhang, Chumig, Bumthang18th -20th Oct
Dechenphu TshechuDechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu3rd Nov
Black Necked Crane FestivalGangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang.11th Nov
Mongar TshechuMongar Dzong, Mongar9th -11th Nov
Trashigang TshechuTrashigang Dzong, Trashigang.9th -11th Nov
Jambay Lhakhang Singye ChamJambay Lhakhang,15th Nov
Pemagatshel TshechuPemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel.9th -11th Nov (Thongdral on last day)
Nalakhar TshechuNgaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang15th -17th Nov
Druk Wangyel TshechuDouchula, Thimphu13th Dec
Trongsa TshechuTrongsa Dzong, Trongsa8th -10th Dec (Thongdral on last day)
Lhuentse TshechuLhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse8th -10th Dec (Thongdral on last day)
Nabji Lhakhang DrupNabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa15th-16th Dec
Samdrupjongkhar TshechuSamdrjupjongkhar13th -15th Dec

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