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Festivals in the Land of the Thunder Dragon are rich and happy expressions of its ancient Buddhist culture. These festivals are held in all districts in honour of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Tsechus are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar, and last up to four days in which a series of highly stylised masked dance rituals are performed.

Festivals are also a big family and social occasions. People dress up in their finest clothes and most resplendent jewelry of coral and turquoise. They pack picnic lunches in their traditional bamboo baskets and stay all day at the festivals which are usually held in the dzongs (fortresses) or at monasteries.

All Bhutanese try to attend a festival at least once in a lifetime, and for many, it is an important annual affair where they consider it a blessing to be able to watch the dances. Apart from the monks, community dancers also participate in the local festivals.

Bhutan Festivals Calendar 2019

NameTownStart DateEnd Date
Punakha DrubchenPunakhaFeb 12, 2019Feb 14, 2019
Punakha TshechuPunakhaFeb 15, 2019Feb 17, 2019
Tharpaling ThongdrolBumthangFeb 19, 2019
Gasa TshechuGasaMar 14, 2019Mar 16, 2019
Zhemgang TshechuZhemgangMar 14, 2019Mar 17, 2019
GomphukoraTrashigangMar 14, 2019Mar 16, 2019
Talo TshechuPunakhaMar 14, 2019Mar 16, 2019
Paro TshechuParoMar 17, 2019Mar 21, 2019
Chhorten KoraTrashi YangtseMar 21, 2019Apr 05, 2019
Domkhar TshechuBumthangApr 14, 2019Apr 16, 2019
Ura YakchoeBumthangApr 16, 2019Apr 20, 2019
Rhododendron FestivalThimphuApr 19, 2019Apr 21, 2019
Nimalung TshechuBumthangJul 10, 2019Jul 11, 2019
Kurjey TshechuBumthangJul 11, 2019
Haa Summer FestivalHaa ValleyJul 13, 2019Jul 14, 2019
Mushroom FestivalThimphuAug 15, 2019Aug 16, 2019
Masutaki Mushroom FestivalBumthangAug 23, 2019Aug 24, 2019
Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race)BumthangSep 07, 2019
Thimphu DrubchenThimphuOct 04, 2019
Wangdue TshechuWangdue PhodrangOct 05, 2019Oct 07, 2019
Tamshing Phala ChhoepaBumthangOct 07, 2019Oct 09, 2019
Thimphu TshechuThimphuOct 08, 2019Oct 10, 2019
Gangtey TshechuWangdue PhodrangOct 10, 2019Oct 13, 2019
Thangbi ManiBumthangOct 10, 2019Oct 13, 2019
Jhomolhari Mountain FestivalThimphuOct 14, 2019Oct 15, 2019
Jakar TshechuBumthangNov 05, 2019Nov 09, 2019
Chhukha TshechuChukhaNov 06, 2019Nov 08, 2019
Dechenphu Tshechu DechenphuThimphuNov 08, 2019
Pemagatshel TshechuPemagatshelNov 11, 2019Nov 13, 2019
Black Necked Crane FestivalGangteyNov 11, 2019
Jambay Lhakhang DrupBumthangNov 13, 2019Nov 16, 2019
Prakhar DuchhoedBumthangNov 14, 2019Nov 16, 2019
Mongar TshechuMongarDec 04, 2019Dec 06, 2019
Trashigang TshechuTrashigangDec 05, 2019Dec 07, 2019
Jambay Lhakhang Singye ChamBumthangDec 12, 2019
Nalakhar TshechuBumthangDec 12, 2019
Druk Wangyel TshechuThimphuDec 13, 2019

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