The 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.