Thimphu Festival – 8 to 10 October, 2019

  • The festival called Tshechu is celebrated across many districts of Bhutan including Thimphu. However, the dates for the festival can vary throughout different months and seasons of the year.

  • Hundreds and thousands of people, both local and foreigners come to attend this event as there are prayer and special ceremonies perform in order to pray and serve the Gods. The tshechu first started in 1867.

  • Some of the special performances that can be witnessed at Thimphu Tshechu are many types of mask dance with significant meanings and traditional dances. In order to celebrate this special festival, people rejoice by wearing their best attires.

  • Previously Tshechus were quite plain but under the great initiative of His Majesty The Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the festival got livelier as more colors and variations created in event.

  • Names of some of the  mask dance performances would be the  Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestation of Guru), Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) and there is a special feature of the Atsara who  entertains the crowd with his jolly entertaining ways is very fun to watch.

  • It is organized at the Thimphu Dzong and it’s a popular in demand as the venue is crowded with people during the festival which goes on total of three days. For outsiders it may be a little confusing at first but after the guidance, things become clearer.

  • This popular festival in Thimphu and across of whole of Bhutan is a must see.

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