Bhutan Festival is known as Tshechu for the people of Bhutan. And Tshechu means the “Tenth Day”. Age old culture and traditions is deep-seated in the minds of people in Bhutan. Buddhism is a way of life, so the festivals are organized in almost all the dzongs and monasteries of Bhutan on different dates and seasons. Watching the festival dances is a delightful ways of experiencing the religious culture and social gathering of people. Festival is a merit accumulating and learning events as it teaches people more about their life and death through religious visual activities. Festivals also bring lots joys and relaxation to the Bhutanese people. It is a time when farmers rejoice after their years’ hard work in their fields. People from all walks of life come to witness the festivals in their finest attires.
Most festivals in Bhutan take place in autumn and spring season, and very little festival will occur in winter. The sacred mask dances revealed during the festivals organized by the states are almost the same every where, one or two mask dances may vary from place to place during such festival. One particular place will have only one or two unique mask dances that are originated from their region, and rest mask dances are similar for most festivals in Bhutan.
However, there are several local festivals organized by the rural and local communities in their monasteries that are quite different than that the sate organized one. Normally the local festivals are quite unique and nicer to attend as it’s less crowded. The opportunity to mingle with people, taking good photographs and to comfortably enjoy the festival is more viable during the local festivals. So based on your time schedule you may travel to witness any one of the state organized or local festivals in Bhutan. Your tour reservations for most festivals must be done with us at least before 6 months to obtain confirm flight seats and good hotels bookings. And we display the updated Festival Schedule at our website.