Mask Dance

National days is celebrated on December 17 every year and its the day when first king of Bhutan was crowned. And also Feb 21 is the Kings birthaday and this two are celebrated across the coutry with parades and dances by students.

New year (losar) is another important one, and in Bhutan we follow lunar calander so is different from international one. Basically new years are merry making with friends and families. And some play archery but there is not major celebration as such.

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Tsechu which means (Tenth Day) are the festivals in honour on Guru Padmasambhava for his great deeds. This great deeds are believed to have taken place on tenth day including his birth, so the names are given Tsechu even if it does not fall on teth day.

Depending from place to place Tsechus are celebrated for 3 to 5 days. During this time there will be various sacred dances being performed along with some other cultural program. And in most of the places, they will display the big paintings called Thongdrol in one of the Day. Thongdrol literally means simply by viewing/seeing people can be delivered from cycle of reincarnations.

Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances, tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.

It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries, the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages, they are performed jointly by monks and village men.

Festival Dates for 2021

Sl No. Festival NameVenueSatrt DateEnd Date
1Punakha DrubchenPunakha Dzong, PunakhaFeb 19, 2021Feb 21, 2021
2Punakha TsechuPunakha Dzong, PunakhaFeb 19, 2021Feb 21, 2021
3Tharpaling ThongdrolTharpaling, BumthangFeb 27, 2021
4Talo TshechuTalo Goenpa, PunakhaMarch 21, 2021March 23, 2021
5Zhemgang TshechuZhemgangMarch 21, 2021March 23, 2021
6Gomphukora TsechuGomphukora Lhakhang, TrashiyangtseMarch 21, 2021March 23, 2021
7Gasa TshechuGasa Dzong, GasaMarch 21, 2021March 23, 2021
8Paro TshechuParo Rinpung Dzong, ParoMarch 21, 2021March 23, 2021
9Chhorten Kora TsechuChhorten Kora, TrashiyangtseMarch 28, 2021April 11, 2021
10Rhododendron FestivalLamperi Botinical Park, PunakhaApril 16, 2021April 18, 2021
11Domkhar TshechuDomkhar, BumthangApril 22, 2021April 24, 2021
12Ura YakchoeUra, BumthangApril 25, 2021April 27, 2021
13Nimalung TshechuNimlalung Shedra, BumthangJune 18, 2021June 20, 2021
14Kurjey TshechuKurjey Lhakhang, BumthangJune 20, 2021
15Haa Summer FestivalHaa Valley, HaaJuly 10, 2021July 11, 2021
16Mushroom FestivalGenekha, ThimphuAug 15, 2021Aug 16, 2021
17Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race)Starts from Bumthang and end in ThimphuSep 04, 2021
18Thimphu DrubchenTashicho Dzong, ThimphuSep 12, 2021
19Wangdue TshechuMTC ground, WangdueSep 14, 2021Sep 16, 2021
20Tamshing Phala ChhoepaTamshing Lhakhang, BumthangSep 16, 2021Sep 18, 2021
21Thimphu TshechuTendralthang, ThimphuSep 16, 2021Sep 20, 2021
22Thangbi Mani TsehuThangbi, BumthangSep 18, 2021Sep 21, 2021
23Gangtey TshechuGantey Sangacholing Monastery, WangdueSep 18, 2021Sep 20, 2021
24Chhukha TshechuChukha Dzong, ChukhaOct 13, 2021Oct 15, 2021
25Jakar TshechuJakhar Dzong, BumthangOct 13, 2021Oct 15, 2021
26Jhomolhari Mountain FestivalSoi, ThimphuOct 14, 2021Oct 15, 2021
27Dechenphu TshechuDechnephug Lhakhang, ThimphuOct 15, 2021
28Jambay Lhakhang DrupJambay Lhakhang, BumthangOct 20, 2021Oct 22, 2021
29Royal Highland FestivalLaya, GasaOct 23, 2021Oct 24, 2021
30Bhutan Bird FestivalTingtibi, ZhemgangNov 11, 2021Nov 13, 2021
31Black Necked Crane FestivalGangtey, WangdueNov 11, 2021
32Mongar TshechuMongar Dzong, MongarNov 12, 2021Nov 14, 2021
33Trashigang TshechuTrashigang Dzong, TrashigangNov 12, 2021Nov 14, 2021
34Nalakhar TshechuNalakhar, BumthangNov 19, 2021Nov 21, 2021
35Trongsa TshechuTrongsa Dzong, TrongsaDec 11, 2021Dec 13, 2021
36Lhuentse TshechuLhuntse Dzong, LhuntseDec 11, 2021Dec 13, 2021
37Druk Wangyel TshechuDochula, ThimphuDec 13, 2021

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