Festival Date: June 30 -July 01, 2020
Venue: Nimalung, Bumthang, Bhutan
Tsechu meaning “tenth date” in Bhutan marks the celebration of Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche (Second Buddha who brought Buddhism to Bhutan) on every 10th day of the Bhutanese Calendar. Therefore, every district holds annual Tsechu for a duration of at least 3 days and is a day for the people to gather and celebrate and also offering to Guru Rinpochhe.
In Bhutan, we believe that wherever we live has local deity and a protector of the land and therefore, some Tsechus are also marked for the offering to those local deities apart from Guru Rinpochhe’s birth anniversary. Nimalung Tsechu is such a festival where locals gather to witness mask dances, observe the Thongdrol (large opplique with Guru Rinpochhe’s images), offer their prayers and also an annual joyous celebration at the Nimalung Dratshang in Bumthang with their families and friends. A perfect time for tourists to witness the local traditions, historical folk dances, authentic Bhutanese way of celebrations and interact with locals and hear their stories.