Thimphu Dromchoe proceeds the popular three-day Thimphu Tshechu. The Dromchoe showcases the sacred dances dedicated to the protecting deity of Bhutan, Palden Lhamo.
Venue: Tashichho Dzong, ThimphuBUM TASHI FESTIVAL
The Bum Tashi Festival of Gasa has been named after the region’s protecting deity Tashi Thongoen. It basically involves making offerings and prayers to this protecting deity.
Venue: Gasa Dzong, Gasa DROMCHE
Sacred mask dances are performed during the Dromche. During this one-day event, all regional offices, private sectors, and government institutions are closed for the public to witness the dromche.
Venue: Rinpung Dzong, Paro WANGDUE TSHECHU
The festival is held in Wangduephodrang and is observed for three days in the autumn season. The tshechu is well known for the Raksha Mangcham or the Dance of the Ox. Many different kinds of mask dances are performed during the festival. It concludes with the unfurling of the Guru Tshengye Thongdrel (large tapestry).
6 – 8 October
Venue: Tencholing Army Ground, WangduephodrangKOTHAKPA TSHECHU
Kothakpa Tshechu takes place in Shumar, Khothakpa, in Pemagatshel. This is where the country’s largest gypsum mine is located.
6 – 8 October
Venue: Shumar/Kothakpa, PemagatshelGOENPUNG TSHECHU
This festival is observed in Shumar, Goenpung under Pemagatshel Dzongkhag.
6 – 8 October
Venue: Shumar/Goenpun, PemagatshelTERCHEN DRUPCHEN
The annual Terchen Drupchen is performed under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Kezang Choden Wangchuck.
6 – 18 October
Venue: Kichu Lhakhang, Paro GELING GOENPA TSHECHU
It was said that during the olden days, the tshechu was performed to subdue the demons obstructing the construction of the Goempa. All the Chams/dances are the usual ones performed in other Dzongkhags and the festival is celebrated annually.
7 – 8 October
Venue: Geyling Goenpa, ChhukhaSHAKSING GOENPA TSHECHU
Shakshing goenpa is located in Khamdang, Trashityangtse. You will also go through this monastery if you happen to trek to the popular Omba Ney, which is dubbed as the Taktshang of the East.
7 – 9 October
Venue: Shaksinggoenpa, Khamdang, TrashiyangtseDORJITSE KUCHOED
Dorjitse Kuchoed takes place in Dorji Goenpa in Tang, Bumthang.
7 – 10 October
Venue: Dorji Gompa, Tang, BumthangJANGCHUBLING WANG
This occasion marks the discovery of a treasure or Terton, Tsepamey (Buddha Amitayus) and has been held every year since. During this event, one can see relics, such as the nabza (dress), leather boots and cap from the 16th Karmapa, a cup and rosary of the former Situ Rinpoche, among others. One can also see the lama Ngawang Samten’s holy water.
Venue: Gangzur, LhuentseTHIMPHU TSHECHU
One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu. This festival is held in the capital city for three days. The Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people, both local and tourists. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche), Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) and many more are performed.
8 – 10 October
Venue: Tashichho Dzong, ThimphuTAMSHING PHALA CHOEDPA
The festival of Tamzhing Lhakhang is held for three days. People from different parts of Bumthang and also from other parts of Bhutan gather to witness the dances of Terton (treasure revealer) Pema Lingpa (Peling Sung Cham), which are performed by the monks of Tamzhing Monastery. The Chams (dances) include the Phagchham (pig dance), which is performed on the first night and was composed by the great saint Mewang. The festival is concluded by Pholay Molay cham.
8 – 10 October
Venue: Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, BumthangHAA TSHECHU
The Haa Tshechu was introduced in 1990 and performed at the Lhakhang Karpo. The annual Haa Tshechu, which is held to honour Guru Rinpoche, is the biggest festival in the district and attracts people from all over western Bhutan. The three-day Haa Tshechu concludes with the unfurling of the Guru Thongdrel (large tapestry) on the last day.
Venue: Lhakhang karpo, HaaDUNGSINGMA TSHECHU
Dungsingma Tshechu is observed in Dungsingma village in Yurung Gewog under Pemagatshel Dzongkhag. Different mask dances and traditional folk dances are showcased to the public.
11 – 13 October
Venue: Dungsingma, Yurung, PemagatshelDANKALA MANI (MANTRA) TSHECHU
Dankala Mani Tshechu is performed every year with Shingjay Yabyum Cham and followed by the display of some culture items.
Venue: Dankala Lhakhang, Shaba, Paro KHOMSHAR KHARPHU
People gather to offer cash and kind or wine to their bon priest to receive blessings. It is believed that the Bonpo presides over the event.
Venue: Khomshar, ZhemgangNANGKOR TSHECHU
This festival takes place in Shumar, Pemagatshel. The people from nearby communities gather to witness mask dances and enjoy the festival.
11 – 13 October
Venue: Shumar, Pemagatshel THANGBI MEWA
The four-day festival is a display of the rich tradition and celebrates the cultural heritage of the ancient Thangbi Lhakhang. The main highlight of the festival is the Mewang ceremony. Mewang ceremony (Fire Blessing) is performed in an open ground. The Gomchens performs purification rituals, while all the people and guests jump over the flames to get themselves purified from their sins and evil deeds. It is believed that if one is able to jump over the flame three times, he or she is protected from ill luck and misfortunes are removed for that entire year. That is why people from all walks of life attempt to jump across the flame three times to be blessed for the whole year. Then, mask dances and folk dances are performed as scheduled in the enclosed courtyard of the temple.
11 – 14 October
Venue: Thangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, BumthangKADAM TSHECHU
Kadam Tshechu takes place in Kadam Lhakhang in Khar Gewog of Pemagatshel.
12 – 14 October
Venue: Kadam Lhakhang, Khar, PemagatshelPHUENTSHOLING TSHECHU
The three-day tshechu is performed at Pelden Tashichoelling Shedra, Phuentsholing. Badza Guru Dungdup recitation is one of the major events apart from the mask dance performances.
Venue: Pelden Tashichoelling Shedra, PhuentsholingJOMOLHARI MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL
Jomolhari Mountain Festival is an exquisitely themed two-day event celebrated at the base of Mt. Jomolhari by communities located along one of the most scenic trekking routes in Bhutan. The festival celebrates the culture of the communities living together with the natural wonders that surround them: one in particular is the elusive, yet elegant, snow leopard! This endangered cat thrives in the region; several camera trap photos and definite signs have established the region as one of the best snow leopard habitats in Bhutan.
14 – 15 October
Venue: Jangothang, Upper ParoLAYA AULAY
The Laya Aulay, also spelled as Laya Aulay, is held in Laya Gewog of Gasa. Visitors can join this festival and experience the lifestyle of the country’s highland community.
15 – 16 October
Venue: Laya, Gasa ROYAL HIGHLANDER FESTIVAL
The Royal Highlander Festival will be organized in Laya this October. Driven by the underlying goal of making the highlands a vibrant and thriving economy, the festival aims to promote the sustainable livelihood of highlanders, showcase highlander’s innovation, and exhibit the highlands as a pride of Bhutan. The festival brings together highlanders from other parts of Bhutan to exchange values, knowledge, skills, and best practices related to highlands and yak farming. The festival is a landmark activity of Gasa Dzongkhag’s “Good to Great Gasa”, a vision inspired by His Majesty’s passion to make our country great.
23 – 24 October
Venue: Laya, Gasa