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About Tshechu/Festivals in Bhutan

Tshechu...Tshe Meaning date and Chu meaning the tenth is an annual religious festival conducted annually coinciding on the 10th day of the Bhutanese calendar. The festival commemorates the birth of Guru Rimpoche who born from a lotus flower came to Bhutan around 8th century, bringing Buddhism to the country.

Tshechus are the biggest festival in the country (lasting from 3 to 5 days) It is here that Bhutanese drowned themselves in their best outfits and flock the celebration with home cooked picnic lunch and witness various mask dances which signifies themselves from ground purification, victory over the evil spirits, conduction of one's Karma and 8 forms of manifestation Guru took to overcome various deities propagating Buddhism.

Tshechu usually ends with unfurling a giant Thanka (a huge embodied cloth piece depicting a religious figure predominantly that of Guru. This is popularly known to Bhutanese as thongdrul...thong meaning to witness or see and durl meaning to free or release. Bhutanese believe that a look at the giant Thanka blesses them and releases them from the chain of cyclic sins.

TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2017
Sl.Number
Festival
Place
Date (2017)
Date (2018)
1.
Nabji Lhakhang Drup
Nabji Lhakhang, Trongsa
12th-14th  January
2nd - 4th  January
2.
Punakha Dzong, Punakha
4th - 6th  March
21st - 24th  February
3.
Punakha Dzong, Punakha
7th - 9th  March
25th - 27th  Feburary
4.
Tharpaling Lhakhang,Chummi, Bumthang
12th  March
2nd  March
5.
Chorten Kora,Trashiyangtshe
11th- 26th  April
31st  March
6.
Gom Kora Lhakhang,Trashigang
4th- 6th  April
24th - 26th  March
7.
Talo Tshechu
Talo Gonpa, Punakha
4th- 6th  April
24th - 26th  March
8.
Gasa Dzong, Gasa
3th- 6th  April
24th - 26th  March
9.
Zhemgang Tshechu
Zhemgang Dzong,Zhemgang
4th- 7th  April
24th - 27th  March
10.
Rinpung Dzong, Paro
7th- 11th  April
27th - 31st  March
11.
Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha
9th- 11th  April
17th - 19th  October
12.
Lamperi Botanical Garden,Dochula, Thimphu
14th- 16th  April
20th-22nd  April
13.
Domkhar Tshechu
Domkhar, Chummi,Bumthang
5th- 7th  May
25th - 27th  March
14.
Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang
7th- 10th  May
27th - 29th  April
15.
Nimalung Dratshang,Chummi, Bumthang
1st- 3rd  July
21st - 23rd  June
16.
Kurjey Lhakhang,Choekhor, Bumthang
3rd  July
23rd  June
17.
Haa
5th  July
14th - 15th  July
18.
Genekha, Thimphu
15th- 16th  August
15th - 16th  August
19.
Ura, Bumthang
23rd- 24th  August
23th - 24th  August
20.
Bumthang To Thimphu
2nd  September
1st  September
21.
Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu
26th- 29th  Sept
15th - 18th  Sept
22.
Wangdue Tshechu
Tencholing Army Ground,Wangduephodrang
29th Sept- 2nd Oct
17th - 19th  Sept
23.
Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang
3rd- 5th  October
23rd - 24th  Sept
24.
Tamshing Lhakhang,Choekhor, Bumthang
29th Sept- 1st Oct
23rd - 25th  Sep
25.
Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu
30th Sept- 2nd Oct
19th - 21st  Sept
26.
Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor,Bumthang
4th- 6th  October
23rd - 25th  Sept
27.
Dangochong, Thimphu
14th- 15th  October
4th- 5th  Oct
28.
Jakar Dzong, Choekhor,Bumthang
29th- 31st  October
17th- 20th  Oct
29.
Dechenphu Tshechu
Dechenphu Lhakhang,Thimphu
30th  October
30th  October
30.
Jambay Lhakhang,Choekhor, Bumthang
3rd - 7th  November
24th - 27th  October
31.
Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi,Bumthang
4th- 6th  November
25th- 27th  Oct
32.
Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang
11th  November
11th  November
33.
Mongar Tshechu
Mongar Dzong, Mongar
26th- 28th  November
16th - 18th  Nov
34.
Pemagatshel Dzong,Pemagatshel
26th- 28th  November
16th - 18th  Nov
35.
Trashigang Dzong,Trashigang
27th- 29th  November
17th - 19th  Nov
36.
Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang
3rd  December
23rd  Nov
37.
Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang
3rd- 5th  December
23rd - 25th  Nov
38.
Dochula,Thimphu
13th  December
13th  December
39.
Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa
26th - 28th  Dec
15th - 17th  Dec
40.
Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse
26th - 28th  Dec
15th - 17th  Dec

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