The prominence of religion as a part and parcel of Bhutanese life is symbolized by the Tsechus, (religious festivals), which are performed all around the country at different periods. Dedicated to the 8th century Tantric Saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, Tsechus meaning the “Tenth Day” is observed on the tenth day of a month corresponding to the lunar calendar, the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava).
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It is said that Tsechus began in the 8th century and were introduced by Padma Sambhava and the Abbot Shanti Rakshita. With the passage of time, the variety and numbers of Tsechus increased.
Every dance in a Tsechu conveys different messages. The essence is basically the triumph of the good over evil. Tsechus have social significances, too. It is a time where people leave their domestic chores and partake in the celebrations, with their best costumes.
Venue: Chorten Kora Total Duration: 15 days Other places: Western, Central and Eastern Bhutan. Entry: Paro Exit: Guwahati, Assam, India A festival held in reverence to the ultimate sacrifice made by a princess during the construction of the chorten (stupa), this festival involves circumambulation. The princess was a pious Dakini Princess of the Dakpa tribe […]
Duration: 16 days Entry: Guwahati, Assam, India Exit: Paro, Bhutan Venue: Trashigang Dzong Summary Held within the confines of Bhutan’s largest district in Trashigang Dzong (Fortress), the three day tsechu is observed during the 7th to 11th days of the tenth month of the Bhutanese calendar (December). The unfurling of the Thongdrol of Neten Chudrug (Sixteen Arhats) […]
Jambay Lhakhang Festival Venue: Jampa Lhakhang (Bumthang) grounds Total Duration: 10 days Other places: Western and Central Bhutan. Entry : Paro Exit: Paro The Naked Dance of Jampa Lhakhang Drub is one of the most unique amongst scared mask dances held around the country. At midnight, 16 naked men perform the sacred dance, which has […]
Duration: 6 days Entry and Exit: Paro Venue: Punakha Summary: One of the biggest festivals in the Bhutanese calendar, the Punakha Tshechu is held every year, sometime in February or March. The most important display during the five-day festival is the re-enactment of the Tibetan invasion of Bhutan in 1639. In this theatrical display, a […]
Duration: 8 days Exit and Entry: Paro Venue: Paro Dzong Courtyard Summary Paro Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals in the Bhutanese calendar and was started by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, and Penlop Rigzin Nyingpo during the consecration of Paro Dzong in 1644. The festival is observed in three parts – the pre-festival rituals on […]