Bhutan Festival Dates

Experience the Ancient Living Culture of Bhutan Tshechu (Festival)

Tshechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Buddhist Saint Padmasambhava, popularly known as ‘Guru Rimpoche’, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan. A Tshechu draws hundreds of Bhutanese people in a spirit of reverence, blessing, festivity and celebration, and is one of the best ways to discover the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan.  The sacred celebration comes to life with colour, music, dance and drama as villagers and townspeople gather to witness the masked and sword dances and other sacred rituals. These events, most of which are performed by monks in colourful and elaborate costumes, bring blessings to the onlookers, while also instructing them about Buddhist Dharma.

There are various Tsechus held all year around at temples, Dzongs and monasteries throughout Bhutan.

FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2018-2019

SN FESTIVAL PLACE 2018 2019
1 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa 22nd – 24th Dec 18 2nd – 4th Jan 19
2 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse 15th – 17th Dec 18 26th – 28th Dec 19
3 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 15th – 17th Dec 18 26th – 28th Dec 19
4 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Dochula, Thimphu 13th – 13th Dec 18 13th – 13th Dec 19
5 Jambay Lakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 23rd – 23rd Nov 18 3rd – 3rd Dec 19
6 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang 17th – 19th Nov 18 27th – 29th Nov 19
7 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 15th – 18th Nov 18 26th – 28th Nov 19
8 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang 11th – 11th Nov 18 11th – 11th Nov 19
9 Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang 25th – 27th Oct 18 4th – 6th Nov 19
10 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 24th – 27th Oct 18 3rd – 7th Nov 19
11 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel 23rd – 25th Nov 18 26th – 28th Nov 19
12 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu 30th – 30th Oct 18 30th – 30th Oct 19
13 Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang 17th – 20th Oct 18 29th – 31st Oct 19
14 Thangbi Mani Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang 23rd – 25th Sep 18 4th – 6th Oct 19
15 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Jhomolhari 4th – 5th Oct 18 14th – 15th Oct 19
16 Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 19th – 21st Sep 18 30th – 2nd Oct 19
17 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 19th – 21st Sep 18 29th – 1st Oct 19
18 Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang 23rd – 24th Sep 18 3rd – 5th Oct 19
19 Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang 17th – 19th Sep 18 29th – 2nd Oct 19
20 Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 15th – 15th Sep 18 25th – 29th Sep 19
21 Tour Of The Dragon (bicycle Race) Bumthang To Thimphu 2nd – 2nd Sep 18 2nd – 2nd Sep 19
22 Matsutake Mushroom Festival Ura, Bumthang 23rd – 24th Aug 18 23rd – 24th Aug 19
23 Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu 15th – 16th Aug 18 15th – 16th Aug 19
24 Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 23rd – 23rd Jun 18 3rd – 3rd Jul 19
25 Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, Bumthang 21st – 23rd Jun 17 1st – 3rd Jul 19
26 Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 26th – 29th Apr 18 7th – 10th May 19
27 >Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chummi, Bumthang 25th – 27th Mar 18 5th – 7th May 19
28 Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu 20th – 22nd Apr 18 14th – 16th Apr 19
29 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 9th – 11th Apr 19
30 Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 27th – 31st Mar 18 7th – 11th Apr 19
31 Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 24th – 27th Mar 18 4th – 7th Apr 19
32 Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 4th – 6th Mar 18 3rd – 6th Apr 19
33 Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa,punakha 24th – 26th Mar 18 4th – 6th Apr 19
34 Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang,trashigang 25th – 26th Mar 18 4th – 6th Apr 19
35 Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe 31st – 16th Apr 18 11th – 26th Apr 19
36 2nd March THONGDROL Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chummi, BUMTHANG 2nd – 2nd Mar 18 12th – 12th Mar 19
37 Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 25th – 27th Feb 18 7th – 9th Mar 19
38 Punakha Drubchen punakha Dzong, Punakha 21st – 24th Feb 18 4th – 6th Mar 19
39 Bhutan International Marathon 5th – 5th Mar 18  5th March
40 Nomad Festival nagsephel, Bumthang 23rd – 24th Feb 18  23rd-24th Feb
41 Takin Festival Damji, Gasa 15th – 18th Feb 18  15-18th Feb
42 Haa summer festival Town festival Ground, Haa 14-15 July 2018