BHUTAN SPORTS FESTIVAL
Bhutan Sports Festival is an international trail running and mountain biking event, scheduled for the first Saturday of every April, with the inaugural year being 2019 (April 6th) at Phobjikha, Gangtey. The proposed two tiers of the ultra-race comprises of a full race with a distance of 50km and a half-race of 25km, run and bike event.
Date: 6 April
Venue: Phobjikha, Gantey, WangdueDUNGKHAR TSHECHU
The three–day festival showcases sacred dances such as the Black Hat Dance, the three Ging, and the drummers of Drametse. A small Thongdrel ((large tapestry), representing the future Buddha Maitreya (Jampa), is unfurled for the public to receive blessings and it is the highlight of the festival. A distinction of Dungkhar Tshechu is that people are given the blessings of the lake. During this festival, the local deity of Khar village, Nalu Thoepa, is propitiated and offerings are made to him. It is believed that the local deity would not protect the community if he is not given his due reverence and those natural calamities like heavy rainfall and storms would bring havoc to the community.
Date: 13 – 15 April
Venue: Dungkhar Lhakhang, Khar, PemagatshelRAWABI TSHECHU
Rawabi Tshechu is celebrated with mask dance performances, with a display of Guru Tshengay on the last day.
Date: 13 – 15 April
Venue: Rawabi Goenpa, Maenbi, LhuentseDOLAY DRUPCHEN
This festival is held every year. Monks from Nephu Monastery participate in the festival as mask dance performers.
Date: 14 April
Venue: Neyphu Goenpa, Shaba, ParoURA YAKCHOED
Ura Lhakhang is situated in the middle of Ura village in Bumthang, and the temple is about the size of the National Library at Kawajangsa, Thimphu. It was built in the 1980s. Inside the temple is a huge statue of Guru Rinpoche and beautiful paintings. The main statue in the temple is that of Guru Nangsay Zilnoen. Highlight of the event is invoking and escorting of the deity Yidam Chhana Dorjee from Gaythen to Ura.
Date: 16 – 20 April
Venue: Ura Lhakhang, BumthangDOMKHAR TSHECHU
Domkhar Lhakhang was built by Serkhong Truelku during the 18th century and it is said that the Lhakhang is the residence for the Trulku. Domkhar Tshechu is a three-day festival, which includes Chams and dances that are performed by the local people of Domkhar village. The Chams include mainly the Peling Chams (composition of Terton Pema Lingpa). The Lhakhang would display large Thongdrel (large tapestries) to bless the people of Domkhar village on the last day of the festival.
Date: 14 – 16 April
Venue: Domkhar Lhakhang, Chumey, BumthangRHODODENDRON FESTIVAL
The festival celebrates the rhododendron flower, which blossoms abundantly in Bhutan. It features the rhododendron garden walk and exhibition, local culture and cuisines, arts and crafts, traditional games, cultural programmes, guided walks and activities. The festival displays different species that are in full bloom in their natural habitat.
Date: 19 – 21 April
Venue: Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, ThimphuDUMATI TSHECHU
People gather to witness different types of mask dances and cultural items. It is also a time for people to come together to meet each other.
Date: 29 April
Venue: Dumati, Lichibi, Zhemgang