Bhutan Festivals Calendar 2019

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.

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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.

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Name Town Start Date End Date
Punakha Drubchen Punakha Feb 11, 2019 Feb 13, 2019
Punakha Tshechu Punakha Feb 14, 2019 Feb 17, 2019
Tharpaling Thongdrol Bumthang Feb 19, 2019
Punakha Drubchen Punakha Mar 02, 2019 Mar 04, 2019
Punakha Drubchen Punakha Mar 02, 2019 Mar 04, 2019
Punakha Drubchen Punakha Mar 02, 2019 Mar 04, 2019
Punakha Tshechu Punakha Mar 05, 2019 Mar 07, 2019
Talo Tshechu Punakha Mar 14, 2019 Mar 16, 2019
Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Mar 14, 2019 Mar 17, 2019
Gomphukora Trashigang Mar 14, 2019 Mar 16, 2019
Gasa Tshechu Gasa Mar 14, 2019 Mar 16, 2019
Paro Tshechu Paro Mar 17, 2019 Mar 21, 2019
Chhorten Kora Trashi Yangtse Mar 21, 2019 Apr 05, 2019
Domkhar Tshechu Bumthang Apr 14, 2019 Apr 16, 2019
Ura Yakchoe Bumthang Apr 16, 2019 Apr 20, 2019
Rhododendron Festival Thimphu Apr 19, 2019 Apr 21, 2019
Nimalung Tshechu Bumthang Jul 10, 2019 Jul 11, 2019
Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang Jul 11, 2019
Haa Summer Festival Haa Valley Jul 13, 2019 Jul 14, 2019
Mushroom Festival Thimphu Aug 15, 2019 Aug 16, 2019
Masutaki Mushroom Festival Bumthang Aug 23, 2019 Aug 24, 2019
Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang Sep 07, 2019
Thimphu Drubchen Thimphu Oct 04, 2019
Wangdue Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang Oct 06, 2019 Oct 08, 2019
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Bumthang Oct 08, 2019 Oct 10, 2019
Thimphu Tshechu Thimphu Oct 08, 2019 Oct 10, 2019
Gangtey Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang Oct 10, 2019 Oct 13, 2019
Thangbi Mani Bumthang Oct 11, 2019 Oct 14, 2019
Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Thimphu Oct 14, 2019 Oct 15, 2019
Jakar Tshechu Bumthang Nov 05, 2019 Nov 09, 2019
Chhukha Tshechu Chukha Nov 06, 2019 Nov 08, 2019
Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Thimphu Nov 08, 2019
Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Nov 11, 2019 Nov 13, 2019
Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Nov 11, 2019
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang Nov 13, 2019 Nov 16, 2019
Prakhar Duchhoed Bumthang Nov 14, 2019 Nov 16, 2019
Mongar Tshechu Mongar Nov 21, 2019 Nov 24, 2019
Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dec 04, 2019 Dec 06, 2019
Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dec 05, 2019 Dec 07, 2019
Nalakhar Tshechu Bumthang Dec 12, 2019
Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Bumthang Dec 12, 2019
Druk Wangyel Tshechu Thimphu Dec 13, 2019