Festival Tour

Festivals in Bhutan take place at different time of the year, in different places. The festival is known to Bhutanese as “TSHECHU”.

Tsechu are celebrated for several days ranging from minimum of 3 days  - 5 days. One would be able to witness Bhutanese Folk Dances, religious dance, Mask Dances known as “Chaam”, and other religious dramas and epics of great known saint of Buddhism. These dances are performed by Monksandlaymen.

Atsara or clowns, as shown in the picture, with their expressive masks are an indispensable element in any religious festival. They confront the monks, toss out jokes, and entertain the crowd. Atsara are believed to represent Acharyas (religious masters of India) they are the only people permitted to mock religion in a society where sacred matters are treated with the highest respect. During Tsechu Atsaras are allowed the freedom to express a formulaic challenge within an established framework that does not, however upset the social  andreligiousorder.

Most tshechus end with the displaying of a huge applique thangkha (scroll) called “Thongdroel”. The Thongdroel is unveiled at first light to bring enlightenment to all who view it. Buddhist believe that by simply viewing this Thongdroel, one can be delivered from the cycle of reincarnation. For the Bhutanese, religious festivals offer an opportunity to become immersed in the meaning of their religion and gain merit. It is also occasions for seeing people, and for being seen, for social exchanges, and for flaunting success. People wear their finest clothes and jewelries. Men and women joke and flirt. It is a good-spirited atmosphere for social gatherings. 


You may also be interested in some of the newer themed community festivals which have been chosen to encourage tourists to visit in different seasons and more out of the way places. These include:

Nomad festival – Bumthang – 23 February 2016

Rhododendron festival – Lamperi Botanical Park – 15 to 17 April 2016 / 14 – 16 April 2017

Haa Summer festival – Haa valley – 5 to 6 July 2016 / 2017

Genekha Mushroom festival – Genekha – 13 to 14 August 2016

Matsutake Mushroom festival – Ura – 22 to 23 August 2016

Jomolhari Mountain festival – Jangothang – 25 to 26 October 2016

Black Necked Crane festival – Gangtey – 11 November 2016 / 2017

Druk Wangyel festival – Dochu La – 13 December 2016 / 2017

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