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    Bhutan Festivals Calender - 2018 & 2019

    The Festivals in Bhutan have reputations for being raucous, joyous affairs, but they are holy spiritual events with attendees gaining merit for the next life. Tshechus dedicated to Guru Rimpochhe are celebrated for several days, between three and five according to the location. The highlight are the classical, religious-based dances, and in some Tshechus the viewing of the Thongdreol (Huge and sacred Thanka). In a few important Dzongs, two large festival take place each year, a Dromchheo, which is dedicated to Yeshey Geonpo or Palden Lhamo, the two main protective deities of the Drukpas (Bhutanese people). Bhutanese are known as Drukpas in Bhutan.

    The most popular for tourists are the Tshechus held in Thimphu, Punakha, Paro and Bumthang. They mark the busiest time of year for the tourism industry. The Dzongs come to life with color, music, and dancing as valley dwellers and townsfolks dress in their finest clothes and join together to exorcise evil spirits and rejoice in a new harvest. Rare masked sword dances and other rituals are performed in Dzong courtyards and temples. Most of the dances date back from before the Middle Ages and are only performed once or twice each year. Each dance has its own spiritual importance and can be performed by monks or lay village elder dressed in bright costumes. Certain festivals end with the unveiling and worship of huge religious appliques or Thongdreols. The moment of the unveiling is shrouded in secrecy and creates great excitement among all the participants. Tourists are allowed into the Dzongs to watch the festivals, but are not allowed into the inner sanctuaries. Photography should always be discreet. It is generally allowed for photographs to be taken at Tshechus but not at Dromchheos.

    Festival Dates 2018

    1 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Bumthang Oct 07 - 09, 2018
    2 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Thimphu Oct 14 - 15, 2018
    3 Shingkhar Rabdhey Bumthang Oct 15 - 18, 2018
    4 Ugyencholing Kangsel Bumthang Oct 17 - 19, 2018
    5 Chukha Tshechu Chukha Oct 17 - 19, 2018
    6 Jakar Tshechu Bumthang Oct 17 - 20, 2018
    7 Goenkar Tshechu Lhuentse Oct 18 - 20, 2018
    8 Dechenphu Tshechu Thimphu Oct 19, 2018
    9 Royal Highland Festival Gasa Oct 23 - 24, 2018
    10 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang Oct 24 - 26, 2018
    11 Prakhar Duchhoe Bumthang Oct 24 - 26, 2018
    12 Sumthrang Rabney Bumthang Nov 03 _ 07, 2018
    13 Black Necked Crane Festival Wangdue Phodrang Nov 11, 2018
    14 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Nov 15 - 18, 2018
    15 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Nov 17 - 19, 2018
    16 Jambay Lhakang Singye Cham Bumthang Nov 23, 2018
    17 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Nov 23 - 25, 2018
    18 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Thimphu Dec 13, 2018
    19 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dec 15 - 17, 2018
    20 Nabji Lhakhang Drub Trongsa Dec 22 - 24, 2018

    Tentative Festival Dates 2019

    1 Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha 11th - 13th Feb
    2 Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 14th - 17th Feb
    3 Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang, Bumthang 19th Feb
    4 Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang 14th - 16th March
    5 Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa, Punakha 14th - 16th March
    6 Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 14th - 16th March
    7 Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 14th - 17th March
    8 Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 17th - 21st March
    9 Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe 21st March & 5th April
    10 Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu 19th - 21st April
    11 Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chumni, Bumthang 14th - 16th April
    12 Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 16th - 20th April
    13 Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang, Bumthang 10th - 11th July
    14 Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 11th July
    15 Haa Summer Festival Haa 13th & 14th July
    16 Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu. 15th & 16th Aug
    17 Masutaki Mushroom Festival Ura, Bumthang 23rd & 24th Aug
    18 Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang to Thimphu 7th Sept
    19 Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 3rd Oct
    20 Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang. 5th - 7th Oct
    21 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing lhakhang, Bumthang 7th - 9th Oct
    22 Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 7th - 9th Oct
    23 Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang. 10th - 13th Oct
    24 Thangbi Mani Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang 10th - 13th Oct
    25 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu 14th & 15th Oct
    26 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 6th - 8th Nov
    27 Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang 5th - 9th Nov
    28 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 13th - 16th Nov
    29 Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang 14th - 16th Nov
    30 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu 8th Nov
    31 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang 11th Nov
    32 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 4th - 6th Dec
    33 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang 5th - 7th Dec
    34 Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 12th Dec
    35 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel 11th - 13 Nov (Thongdral
    36 Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 12th - 14th Dec
    37 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula, Thimphu 13th Dec
    38 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 4th - 7th Jan, 2020
    39 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse 4th - 7th Jan, 2020
    40 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa 10th - 12th Jan, 2020
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