Enchanting festivals of Bhutan
A Tshechu is a religious festival meaning "tenth day" held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country to celebrate the birthday of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). The exact month of different Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.
Tshechu’s are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances, Tshechu’s also include colourful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.
It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once 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.
Two of the most popular Tshechu’s in the country are the Paro and Thimphu Tshechu in terms of participation and audience. Besides the 1000’s of locals who attend, many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colourful and exciting displays of traditional culture. There are many other festivals both in the major regions and small villages that can be experienced during the festival season.
We can include a festival experience in all our suggested programs dependant on the festival schedule and your travel dates.
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