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Bhutan Festival Dates 2018 [Updated calendar]

The Tsechu is a festival in honor of Guru Padmasambava - "one who was born from a Lotus flower", popularly known as "Guru Rinpoche", the precious Teacher. This saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantirc Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of Tibet , Nepal , Bhutan etc. around 800 A.D. The Tsechu is a religious festival and by attending it, it is believed one gains merits. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people gather to rejoice, dressed in finery. The Thimphu Tsechu was established by the 4th Temporal Ruler, Tenzing Rabgye (1638-1696) in 1670 on the 8th month of Bhutanese calendar to commemorate the birth of Guru Rinpoche. In order that Bhutan can rejoice in continued happiness, many learned lamas established the tradition of these dances. The deities of the Tantric teaching are invoked during these dances. Through their power and benediction, all misfortunes are annihilated, and peace and happiness reign.

Festival Tours in Bhutan offer Tourists a complete insight into the nation's vibrant religion & Culture. The most popular events in the cultural itinerary are the Thimphu , Paro, Punakha, Wangdue and Bumthang Tshechus/Festival. Tsechus are weeklong festivals where the teachings of Padmasambhava are imparted to the deity through mask dances. The other attraction of Festival tours is to meet the rural Bhutanese in their quaint hamlets and see first hand their way of life. Here one gets the opportunity to intermingle with the average Bhutanese and to enjoy their hospitality.

we have an extensive choice of activities especially designed to enjoy tours, treks and cultural events. Information can be obtained from us as to which exacting festival, tour or trek will be of interest to you.

FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2018 - Updated (Provided by Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators)

SN FESTIVAL PLACE 2017 2018
1 TAKIN FESTIVAL Damji, GASA
2 NOMAD FESTIVAL Nagsephel, BUMTHANG
3 Bhutan International Marathon (Annual Event organized by BOC)
4 PUNAKHA DRUBCHEN Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA
5 PUNAKHA TSHECHU Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA
6 2nd March THONGDROL Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chummi, BUMTHANG
7 CHHORTEN KORA Chorten Kora, TRASHIYANGTSHE
8 GOMPHUKORA Gom Kora Lhakhang,TRASHIGANG
9 TALO TSHECHU Talo Gonpa,PUNAKHA
10 GASA TSHECHU
Gasa Dzong, GASA
11 ZHEMGANG TSHECHU Zhemgang Dzong, ZHEMGANG
12 PARO TSHECHU Rinpung Dzong, PARO
12 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha
13 RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, THIMPHU
14 DOMKHAR TSHECHU Domkhar, Chummi, BUMTHANG
15 URA YAKCHOE Ura Lhakhang, BUMTHANG
16 NIMALUNG TSHECHU Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, BUMTHANG
17 KURJEY TSHECHU Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
18 HAA SUMMER FESTIVAL Town Festival Ground, HAA
18 Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu
19 MATSUTAKE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL Ura, BUMTHANG
20 TOUR OF THE DRAGON (BICYCLE RACE) Bumthang to Thimphu
21 THIMPHU DRUBCHEN Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU
22 WANGDUE TSHECHU Tencholing Army Ground, WANGDUEPHODRANG
23 GANGTEY TSHECHU Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG
24 TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
25 THIMPHU TSHECHU Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU
27 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Jhomolhari
27 THANGBI MANI Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, BUMTHANG
29 JAKAR TSHECHU Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
29 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu
30 PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU Pemagatshel Dzong, PEMAGATSHEL
31 JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
32 PRAKHAR DUCHHOED Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, BUMTHANG
33 BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG
34 MONGAR TSHECHU Mongar Dzong, MONGAR
35 TRASHIGANG TSHECHU Trashigang Dzong, TRASHIGANG
36 JAMBAY LAKHANG SINGYE CHAM Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
37 NALAKHAR TSHECHU Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
38 DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHU Dochula, Thimphu
39 TRONGSA TSHECHU Trongsa Dzong, TRONGSA
40 LHUENTSE TSHECHU Lhuentse Dzong, LHUENTSE
41 NABJI LHAKHANG DRUP Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, TRONGSA

NOTE: Religious festival dates 2018 are tentative so please confirm with us prior to confirming your holiday plan.

Some useful Bhutanese phrases during tours
Hello :              Ku-zu-zam-po-la (meaning good health)
Thank You :     Ka din chey la
See you :          Lok jey gay
Good bye :       Lus la “or” Laso la

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