Festivals & Events of Bhutan

Traditional Festivals known as Tsechu and Drupchen are rich and happy expressions of Bhutan’ s ancient Buddhist culture. These festivals are held in important Dzong (ancient fortress that are now district centers) and in some of the important monasteries. Most are in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Tsechus are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar, and can last up to five days in which a series of masked dance rituals are performed in addition to folk singing and dancing.

In addition to Tsechus, there are also other events and holidays around which celebrations take place.

These events are also a big family and social occasions, when people dress up in their finest clothes and picnic together.

Traditional festival dates are tentative and could change. You must also plan in much advance, if you plan during the festival season as it is difficult to find flights and accommodations.

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2019
Date
2020
1Punakha DrubchenPunakha Dzong, Punakha11th – 13th Feb2nd – 4th
March
2Punakha TshechuPunakha Dzong, Punakha12th-14th Feb5th – 7th
March
3Tharpaling
Thongdrol
Tharpaling Lhakhang,
Chumi,Bumthang
19th Feb9th March
4GomphukoraGom Kora Lhakhang,
Trashigang
14th-16th March1st – 3rd
April
5Talo
Tshechu
Talo Gonpa,Punakha14th-16th March1st – 3rd
April
6Gasa
Tshechu
Gasa Dzong,Gasa14th-16th March1st – 3rd
April
7Zhemgang
Tshechu
Zhemgang Dzong,
Zhemgang
14th-17th
March
1st – 3rd
April
8Paro
Tshechu
Rinpung
Dzong,
Paro
17th-21st
March
4th – 8th
April
(Thongdrol on last day)
9Chhorten
Kora
Chhorten
Kora,
Trashiyangtse
21st March &5th April8th April & 22nd April
10Domkhar
Tshechu
Domkhar, Chumi,
Bumthang
14th-16th
April
3rd – 5th
May
11Ura YakchoeUra
Lhakhang,
Bumthang
16th-20th
April
4th – 8th
May
12Nimalung
Tshechu
Nimalung
Dratshang,
Chumi,
Bumthang
10th – 11th
July
30th – 1st
July
13Kurjey
Tshechu
Kurje
Lhakhang,
Choekhor,
Bumthang
11th July30th June
14Tour of the
Dragon (Bicycle Race)
Bumthang to
Thimphu
7th Sept5th Sept
15Thimphu
Drubchen
Tashi Chhodzong,
Thimphu
4th Oct22nd Sept
16Wangdue
Tshechu
Tencholing Army Ground,
Wangdue
Phodrang
5th – 7th Oct24th – 26th
Sept
17Tamshing
Phala
Chhoepa
Tamshing
Lhakhang,
Bumthang
7th – 9th Oct26th – 28th
Sept
18Thimphu
Tshechu
Tashi
Chhodzong,
Thimphu
8th – 10th
Oct
26th – 28th
Sept
19Gangtey
TShechu
Gangtey
Gonpa,
Phobjikha,
Wangdue
Phodrang.
10th -13th Oct
(Thongdrol on last
day)
28th Sept –
1st Oct
(Thongdrol on last day)
20Thangbi
Mani
Thangbi
Lhakhang,
Choekhor,
Bumthang
10th – 13th Oct29th Sept-
2nd Oct
21Jakar
Tshechu
Jakar Dzong,
Choekhor,
Bumthang
5th – 9th Nov23rd – 27th
Oct
22Chhukha
Tshechu
Chhukha
Dzong,
Chhukha
6th – 8th Nov 24th – 26th
Oct
23Jambay
LhakhangDrup
Jambay
Lhakhang,
Choekhor,
Bumthang
13th – 16th
Nov
31st – 3rd
Nov
24Prakhar
Duchhoed
Prakar
Khakhang,
Chumi,
Bumthang
14th – 16th
Nov
1st – 3rd
Nov
25Dechenphu
Tshechu
Dechenphu
Lhakhang,
Thimphu
8th Nov26th Oct
26Black
Necked
Crane
Festival
Gangtey
Gonpa,
Phobjikha,
Wangdue
phodrang
11th Nov11th Nov
27Mongar
Tshechu
Mongar
Dzong,
Mongar
4th – 6th
Dec
21st – 24th
Nov
28Trashigang
Tshechu
Trashigang
Dzong,
Trashigang
5th – 7th
Dec
22nd – 25th
Nov
29Jambay
Lhakhang
Singye Cham
Jambay
Lhakhang,
Choekhor,
Bumthang
12th Dec30th Nov
30Pemagatshel
Tshechu
Pemagatshel Dzong,
Pemagatshel
11th -13th Nov
(Thongdrol on Last
day)
21st – 24th
Nov
(Thongdrol
on Last day)
31Nalakhar
Tshechu
Ngaa
Lhakhang,
Choekhor,
Bumthang
12th – 14th Dec30th – 2nd
Dec
32Druk
Wangyel
Tshechu
Dochula,
Thimphu
13th Dec13th Dec
33Trongsa
Tshechu
Trongsa
Dzong,
Trongsa
4th – 7th Jan, 2020 (Thongdrol on Last day)10th -13th
Dec
(Thongdrel on last day)
34Lhuentse
Tshechu
Lhuentse
Dzong,
Lhuentse
4th-7th Jan, 2020
(Thongdrol on Last
day)
21st – 24th
Dec
(Thongdrel on last day)
35Nabji
Lhakhang
Drup
Nabji
Lhakhang,
Nabji
Trongsa
10th-12th Jan, 202029th-31st
Dec

Other Important Events Holidays or Celebrations

Following events and holidays are celebrated throughout the country.

Event20192020
Traditional Day of Offering25 Jan
Winter Solstice1 Feb
Losar (New Year)24 &25 Feb
Kings Birthday21-23 Feb
Traditional Day of Offering25 Jan
Shabdrug Kuchoe (Anniversary)14 April
Saga Dawa (Buddha Parinirvana)5 June
First Sermon of Buddha4 Aug24 July
Blessed Rain Day24 Sep
Coronation Day of King1 Nov1 Nov
Birthday of 4th King11 Nov11 Nov
National Day17 Dec17 Dec