Saturday, September 18, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Bhutan

AsiaBhutanFestivals & Holidays in Bhutan

Tshechu (“tenth day”) celebrations are an important event in Bhutan, and they are held every year in different temples, monasteries, and dzongs throughout the nation. The Tshechu is primarily a religious celebration held on the tenth day of a lunar calendar month, which corresponds to Guru Rinpoche’s birthday (Guru Padmasambhava). The month of Tshechu, on the other hand, is determined by the location and temple. Tshechus are huge social gatherings when people from different villages come to see religious mask dances based on events from Guru Padmasambhava’s life in the eighth century and to get blessings from the lamas. There will also be colorful Bhutanese dances and other entertainment during the occasion.

To obtain blessings and wipe away sins, it is believed that everyone should attend a Tshechu and see the mask dances at least once. Each mask dance done at Tshechu has a specific significance or tale. Monks do masked dances at monasteries, while monks and village men perform them together in distant communities. Paro and Thimphu Tshechus are among the most popular Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. This distinctive, vibrant, and fascinating culture attracts visitors from all over the globe, in addition to residents.

The most popular festivals in the past have been in Paro and Thimphu, but visitors soon discover that the smaller, more rural festivals are much more personal.

Other festivals that take place throughout year include: