Bhutan General Info
Bhutan General Info
Bhutan General Info

Bhutan Festivals 2020

Although it may be true that Bhutan is known for its exquisite landscapes and beautiful heritage, its festivals are also some of the most enthralling aspects of the Bhutanese culture.

When visiting the Land of the Thunder Dragon, attending a festival is certainly a great way to immerse yourself in the rich culture of Bhutan. In fact, your visit can never be called complete if you can’t witness at least one of these celebrations. These festivals are expressions of gratitude and glee in their Buddhist culture.  It is also a way for them to honour the saint who introduced Buddhism in the country in the 8th century, Guru Rinpoche.

These religious festivals are called Tsechus and are held on the most auspicious dates in the Bhutanese calendar. The celebration includes a series of dances and rituals with dancers wearing beautifully decorated masks while the attendees wear their most glorious clothes and accessories. Furthermore, you get to enjoy Bhutan’s delicacies as locals bring traditional lunches in their woven bamboo baskets.

For the Bhutanese, one must try to attend a Tsechu at least once in their lifetime. They believe that participating in the festival and watching the mystical dances performed by the monks would grant them grace and good fortune.

What are the most famous festivals?

If you choose to look at the popularity of the festivals, then Thimphu and Paro festivals are definitely the most well-known festivals in the country. So, why are these festivals so famous? Well, there are basically two main factors why they are by far the most popular.

The first reason is that the regions celebrating these festivals are located in the western part of Bhutan which is also an hour away from the local airport. So, if you are only in the country for a week then it is highly possible to join the festivities.

Meanwhile, if you plan to attend the festivals in the eastern region of the country, you would need to stay in the country for at least 10 days since travel and festivities usually take several days. The second reason is that these festivals happen in spring and autumn, two of the best seasons to visit the country.

What do I do if I can’t join the festival?

Well, you don’t have to worry. All you have to do is to visit the temple or also known as Dzong. Since the preparation for the festival could take weeks, you can opt to go to the temple and watch the monks practice their dance rituals before the festival itself. It is also a great opportunity to see the faces behind the beautifully decorated masks and take great pictures.

List of Bhutan Festival, Dates and Which part in Bhutan it is celebrated.

Name

Town

Dates

Punakha Drubchen

Punakha

Mar 2 – 4, 2020

Punakha Tshechu

Punakha

Mar 5-7, 2020

Chorten Kora

Trashi Yangtse

Mar 9-24, 2020

Tharpaling Thongdrol

Bumthang

Mar 09, 2020

Zhemgang Tshechu

Zhemgang

Apr 1-3, 2020

Talo Tshechu

Punakha

Apr 1-3, 2020

Gasa Tshechu

Gasa

Apr 1-3, 2020

Gomphukora

Trashigang

Apr 1-3, 2020

Paro Tshechu

Paro

Apr 4-8, 2020

Rhododendron Festival

Thimphu

Apr 17-19, 2020

Domkhar Tshechu

Bumthang

May 2-4, 2020

Ura Yakchoe

Bumthang

May 4-8, 2020

Nimalung Tshechu

Bumthang

Jun 28-30, 2020

Kurjey Tshechu

Bumthang

Jun 30, 2020

Haa Summer Festival

Haa Valley

Jul 11-12, 2020

Mushroom Festival

Thimphu

Aug 15-16, 2020

Tour of the Dragon

Bumthang

Sep 05, 2020

Thimphu Drubchen

Thimphu

Sep 22, 2020

Wangdue Tshechu

Wangdue Phodrang

Sep 24-26, 2020

Tamshing Phala Chhoepa

Bumthang

Sep 26-828, 2020

Thimphu Tshechu

Thimphu

Sep 26-28, 2020

Gangtey Tshechu

Wangdue Phodrang

Sep 29- Oct 1, 2020

Thangbi Mani

Bumthang

Sep 30 – Oct 1, 2020

Jhomolhari Mountain Festival

Thimphu

Oct 14-15, 2020

Jakar Tshechu

Bumthang

Oct 23-27, 2020

Royal Highland Festival

Gasa

Oct 23-24, 2020

Chhukha Tshechu

Chukha

Oct 24-26, 2020

Dechenphu Tshechu

Thimphu

Oct 26, 2020

Jambay Lhakhang Drup

Bumthang

Oct 31- Nov 3, 2020

Prakhar Duchhoed

Bumthang

Nov 1-3, 2020

Bhutan Bird Festival

Zhemgang

Nov 11-13, 2020

Black Necked Crane Festival

Wangdue Phodrang

Nov 11, 2020

Pemagatshel Tshechu

Pemagatshel

Nov 21-24, 2020

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang

Nov 22-24, 2020

Mongar Tshechu

Mongar

Nov 22-24, 2020

Nalakhar Tshechu

Bumthang

Nov 30- Dec 2, 2020

Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham

Bumthang

Nov 30, 2020

Druk Wangyel Tshechu

Thimphu

Dec 13, 2020

Lhuentse Tshechu

Lhuentse

Dec 23-25, 2020

Trongsa Tshechu

Trongsa

Dec 23, 2020

Nabji Lhakhang Drup

Trongsa

Dec 29, 2020

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