Jakar Festival – 5 to 9 November, 2019

  • Jakar Tshechu (festival) is a thre day annual festival that is celebrated in the Bumthang or Jakar region. The venue is the Jaker Dzong and the celebration is usually proposed according to the Bhutanese calendars 10th day   of the month.

  • The Tshechu is festival to celebrate Guru Rinpoches Birth who is well known as across the Bhutan for his great contribution. The Tshechu in Bumthang are usually celebrated around the autumn time that is about mid October. During that time, the whole district is on holidays for three days.

  • During the BumthangTshechu, there is a colorful exhibition of life and culture, whereby people dress are  dressed in their best shiny attires and various mask dances and traditional performance are
    executed by monks and laymen. The Atshara (clown) is the one of the highlights of the show as they go about engaging people with their comical and comedic acts.

  • Devotees from across the Bumthang valley and many visitors also attend this festival in order to entertain themselves and be blessed. It is also an excuse for them to come together and celebrate some quality time with families, friends and relatives.

  • For outsider, who don’t understand much about Tshechu, thing will get a lot of clearer once you listen to the stories behind the performances and pay special attention to whatever goes on in the stadium. It is one of the best means to learn about Bhutanese culture and take some celebratory photographs.

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