Paro Tsechu is a famous festival in the country where people come all around the country to witness. This is a chance even for tourists to have a glance when in Paro. The mask dances would be held inside the Dzong on first day and the then outside from next day onwards.
Date: 17th March – 21st March
Venue: Paro Dzong
Gomphu Kora lies in the heart of the agrarian belt of eastern Bhutan. It is 23km from Trashigang Dzong, the headquarters of Bhutan’s most populous district in the eastern Bhutan. Gomphu means “Meditation Cave” and Kora means “Circumambulation”. The name is derived from a cave formed out of a rock-face next to a temple that has been built as a tribute to this sacred site. The biggest attraction of Gomphu Kora is the circumambulation. “Go around Gomphu Kora today for tomorrow may be too late”, advises a local song that entices devotees to visit Gomphu Kora. The place comes alive once every year when people all over eastern Bhutan descend upon the narrow valley, dressed in their finery, to partake in the festivity, to worship and to reaffirm their connection with the past. The sanctity of the three-day religious festival even draws the Dakpa tribe from neighboring Arunachael Pradesh (India). They endure days of travel on foot through rugged environs with entire families in tow.
Date: 14 – 16 March
Venue: Gomphu Kora, Trashiyangtse
Zhuri Duechoed is observed in Zhuri Lhakhang in Chumey, Bumthang. Bumthang is considered as country’s most sacred place being blessed by numerous great saints in olden days.
Date: 1 – 2 March
Venue: Zhuri Lhakhang, Chumey, Bumthang
This festival takes place in the sacred Gayden Lhakhang in Ura, Bumthang. It is a small festival for the temple.
Date: 4 – 6 March
Venue: Gayden Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang
Namgang Kora is one of oldest religious festivals of eastern Bhutan, which is held annually at the Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtse. This festival involves circumambulating the famous Chorten Kora on the last day of the auspicious first month of the Bhutanese calendar. It is preceded by Chenga Kora. Local devotees and devotees from Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh state of India, come together annually during this festival.
Date: 6 March
Venue: Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtse
The Gasa Tshechu is the biggest festival in the small district of Gasa in northwest Bhutan, which is home to highlander communities. Many mask dances are performed and the local folk dances are very unique and distinct, adding to the festive mood of the celebration.
Date: 13 – 16 March
Venue: Gasa Dzong, Gasa
Different mask dances are performed for three days with the unfurling of a huge Thongdrel (large tapestry) of Guru Rinpoche on the fourth day.
Date: 13 – 16 March
Venue: Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang
The annual tshechu is the biggest festival in the southern town of Tsirang. The festival attracts people from all over the region. Several different kinds of mask dances are performed. Local and traditional dances and music add colour to the festive mood. The Thongdrel (large tapestry) of Guru Rimpoche is unfurled on the last day of the tshechu.
Date: 14 – 16 March
Venue: Ragbey Dratshang, Tsirang
No mask dances are performed and the public is offered only with potatoes during this event.
Date: 16 March
Venue: Buli, Zhemgang
It is believed that the Paro Tshechu Chhenmo started from Dzongdrakha and ends at Dzongdrakha.
Date: 16 – 22 March
Venue: Dzongdrakha Lhakhang, Luni, Paro
PARO TSHECHU CHHENMO
Paro Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals in the country and is held over five days. On the first day, all mask dances are held inside the courtyard of the dzong. On the subsequent days, the festival will then be held at the courtyard outside the dzong. A Thongdrel (large tapestry) will be unfurled on the last day of the festival.
Date: 17 – 21 March
Venue: Ringpung Deyangkha, Paro
The mask dances are similar to Pe-ling Cham of the Gangtey Goenpa and are performed for three days.