Tshechu Festival in Bhutan

Tshechu, a religious festival is celebrated on the tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava.
The annual Tshechu is held in different districts of Bhutan in various Temples, monasteries, and Dzongs.
Festival is the time when locals gather with their friends and families in colourful attires worn only during the festival and they spend the entire day together and rejoice themselves.

It is believed that everyone must attend a festival and witness various mask dances to wash away all sins and gain merit.
it also consists of various cultural programs and showcases Bhutan’s rich culture and history.

List of Festivals in Bhutan
Thimphu Festival is held in the capital city which honors the birthday of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan.
Paro Festival is celebrated for 5 days in Paro valley. It consist of mask dances and cultural programmes with unfurling of Thangka of Guru Rinpoche on the last day.
Punakha Festival is held right after Punakha Drubchen which honors the victory of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel over the invading Tibetan forces which then lead to unification of the country as one nation.

Punakha tshechu festival is held after Punakha Drubchen with unfurling of Thnongdrel, a large tapestry of Guru Rinpoche.

Black Necked Crane Festival is celebrated at the courtyard of Gangtey Goenpa in Phobjikha valley. It is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this endangered and majestic bird which becomes an inseparable part in their daily lives during the winter months.

It is organized to generate awareness and understanding on the importance of conserving the endangered Black-Necked Cranes. The festival includes cultural programs such as folk songs and dances and mask dances performed by the local people, crane dances and environmental conservation-themed dramas and songs by school children.

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