Festivals in Bhutan

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    Festivals in BhutanThe mask dance festivals in Bhutan, called Tshechu (Meaning Tenth Day) are held at various times of the year. These colorful events draw thousands of locals, some of whom have to walk for days. The underlying purpose of festivals of Bhutan is spiritual. The dances are more often like plays where good triumphs over evil. It also depicts significant historical events, especially about the life of Bhutan’s patron saint, Guru Rimpoche.

    There is inevitably a great deal of socializing during these festivals in Bhutan. It is also an opportunity for people to relax and forget daily routines, to dress in finest clothes and jewelry. More importantly, Bhutan festivals are an occasion for prayer and blessings. Tshechus mainly comprise mask dances in addition to some folk dance entertainment. Festivals of Bhutan are not pageants or entertainment events and definitely not held as tourist attractions. They are genuine manifestations of ancient religious traditions, which outsiders are given the privilege to witness.

    Festivals in Bhutan 2022.

    Below are the tentative Bhutan Festival dates 2022. You can plan your tour accordingly depending on the festivals you would like to witness.

    Festivals in March

    Punakha Festival (12 – 14 March 2022) | Tharpaling Thongdrol Festival (18 March 2022)


    Festivals in April

    Talo Festival ( 9 – 11 April 2022) | Paro Festival (12- 16 April 2022) | Rhododendron Festival (15 – 17 April 2022) | Chorten Kora (30 April 2022).


    Festivals of Bhutan in May

    Domkhar Festival (11 – 13 May 2022) | Ura Yakchoe Festival (13 – 17 May 2022).


    Festivals in July

    Nimalung Festival (7 – 9 July 2022 ) | Kurjey Festival (9 July 2022).


    Bhutan Festivals in October

    Wangdue Tshechu Festival (3 – 5 Oct. 2022) | Tamshing Festival (5 – 7 Oct. 2022) | Thimphu Festival (5 – 7 Oct. 2022) | Gangtey Festival (7 – 9 Oct. 2022) | Thangbi Mani Festival (8 – 10 Oct. 2022).


    Festivals in November

    Jakar Festival (1 – 3 Nov. 2022) | Jomolhari Mountain Festival (Date 14 – 15 Nov. 2022) Chhukha Festival (1 – 3 Nov. 2022) | Dechenphu Festival (3 Nov. 2022) | Black Necked Crane Festival (11 Nov. 2022) | Jambay Lhakhang Festival (8 – 12 Nov. 2022) | Prakar Festival (9 – 11 Nov. 2022).


    Festivals of Bhutan in December

    Mongar Festival (1 – 3 Dec. 2022) | Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham (7 Dec. 2022) | Nalakhar Festival (8 – 10 Dec. 2022) | Druk Wangyal Festival (13 Dec, 2022) | Trongsa Festival (30 Dec. 2022 – 1 Jan. 2023) | Lhuentse Festival ( 30 Dec. 2022 – 1 Jan. 2023) |


    Festivals in January 2023

    Nabji Lhakhang Drup Festival (6 – 7 Jan. 2023).