BHUTAN FESTIVALS 2023

Although it may be true that Bhutan is known for its exquisite landscapes and beautiful heritage, its festivals are also some of the most enthralling aspects of the Bhutanese culture.

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When visiting the Land of the Thunder Dragon, attending a festival is certainly a great way to immerse yourself in the rich culture of Bhutan. 

In fact, your visit can never be called complete if you can’t witness at least one of these celebrations. 

These festivals are expressions of gratitude and glee in their Buddhist culture. 

It is also a way for them to honour the saint who introduced Buddhism in the country in the 8th century, Guru Rinpoche. 

These religious festivals are called Tsechus and are held on the most auspicious dates in the Bhutanese calendar. 

The celebration includes a series of dances and rituals with dancers wearing beautifully decorated masks while the attendees wear their most glorious clothes and accessories. 

Furthermore, you get to enjoy Bhutan’s delicacies as locals bring traditional lunches in their woven bamboo baskets. 

For the Bhutanese, one must try to attend a Tsechu at least once in their lifetime. 

They believe that participating in the festival and watching the mystical dances performed by the monks would grant them grace and good fortune.

MOST FAMOUS
FESTIVALS

If you choose to look at the popularity of the festivals, then Thimphu and Paro festivals are definitely the most well-known festivals in the country. 

So, why are these festivals so famous? Well, there are basically two main factors why they are by far the most popular. 

The first reason is that the regions celebrating these festivals are located in the western part of Bhutan which is also an hour away from the local airport. 

So, if you are only in the country for a week then it is highly possible to join the festivities. 

Meanwhile, if you plan to attend the festivals in the eastern region of the country, you would need to stay in the country for at least 10 days since travel and festivities usually take several days. 

The second reason is that these festivals happen in spring and autumn, two of the best seasons to visit the country.

What do I do if I can’t join the festival?

All you have to do is to visit the temple or also known as Dzong. Since the preparation for the festival could take weeks, you can opt to go to the temple and watch the monks practice their dance rituals before the festival itself. It is also a great opportunity to see the faces behind the beautifully decorated masks and take great pictures.

FESTIVAL NAMEPLACEDATE
BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS MAJESTY JIGME KHESAR NAMGYEL

WANGCHUCK
21st – 23rd February
PELDEN LHAMOI DRUPCHEN/ FESTIVAL OF

MAHAKALI
Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa25th – 27th February
DRUBCHENPunakha Dzong, Punakha24th – 28th February
PHURBA DUBCHENDoedel Pemacholing Lhakhang, Ramjar,

Trashi Yangtse
26th February – 7th March
TRASHIYANGTSE ANNUAL TSHECHUTokaphu Lhakhang, Tongzhang, Trashi Yangtse27th February – 1st March
KHENGZOR TSHECHUKhengzor Lhakhang,

Khar, Pemagatshel
28th February – 2nd March
LICHIBI TSECHULichibi, Zhemgang1st March
PUNAKHA TSHECHUPunakha Dzong, Punakha1st – 3rd March
NAKTSHANG TSECHUNyalamdung Naktshang, Khoma, Lhuntse1st – 5th March
NGANGLAM TSHECHUNganglam Lhakhang,

Zobel, Pemagatshel
5th – 7th March
TANGSIBI MANITangsibi Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang6th – 10th March
THARPALING THONGDROLTharpaling Lhakhang, Chumey,Bumthang7th March
CHENGA KORAChorten Kora, Trashi Yangtse7th March
ZHURI DUECHOEDZhuri Lhakhang, Chumey, Bumthang17th – 18th March
GAYDEN CHOEDPAGayden Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang19th – 21st March
NAMGANG KORAChorten Kora, Trashi Yangtse21st March
KHARPHU LHASOLBjokaTrong, Zhemgang24th March
ZHEMGANG DZONGKHAG TSECHUZhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang28th – 31st March
GASA TSECHUGasa Dzong, Gasa28th – 31st March
TSIRANG TSHECHURagbey Dratshang, Tsirang29th – 31st March
TALO TSECHUTalo Monastry, Punakha29th – 31st March
GOMKORA TSHECHUGomphu Kora, Trashi Yangtse31st March
PREWCHOEDBuli/Tali/Nangkhor, Zhemgang31st March
BHUTAN INTERNATIONAL MARATHON RUNGasa – Punakha4th March
DZONGDRA TSHECHUDzongdrakha Lhakhang, Luni, Paro31st March – 7th April
PARO TSHECHU 2023Ringpung Deyangkha, Paro2nd – 6th April
KHOMSHAR TSECHUKhomshar, Zhemgang6th – 8th April
RHODODENDRON FESTIVALLamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu17th – 19th April
RAWABI TSHECHURawabi Goenpa, Maenbi, Lhuentse28th – 30th April
TASHICHOLING

LHAKHANG TSHECHU
Tashicholing Lhakhang,

Yurung, Pemagatshel
28th – 30th April
DUNGKHAR TSHECHUDungkhar Lhakhang, Khar,

Pemagatshel
28th April – 1st May
DUNGMED TSHECHUDungmed Lhakhang,

Pemagatshel
28th – 30th April
NEYPHU MANINeyphuGoenpa Shaba Gewog30th April
DOMKHAR TSHECHUDomkhar Lhakhang, Chumey, Bumthang30th April – 2nd May
URA YAKCHOEDUra Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang2nd – 6th May
DUMATI TSECHUDumati, Lichibi, Zhemgang14th May
DOLAY DRUPCHENTaktshang Pelphu20th – 30th May
PREW KHOWCHUNGGangzur, Lhuntse30th May
PREWJasabi, Kurtoe, Lhuentse30th May – 1st June
BONCHOEDTrong/Dangkhar, Zhemgang3rd June
ZOBEL TSHECHUZobel Lhakhang, Zobel,

Pemagatshel
2nd – 4th June
DER-CHOEDBjoka Trong, Zhemgang25th – 28th June
DECHENLING TSHECHUDechenling Lhakhang,

Dechenling, Pemagatshel
26th – 28th June
NIMALUNG TSHECHUNimalung Dratshang, Bumthang26th – 28th June
DUNGSINGMA TSHECHUDungsingma, Yurung

Pemagatshel
28th June
KURJEY TSHECHUKurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang28th June
KHAMDANG TENDRA TSHECHUShaksing Goenpa, Khamdang, Trashi Yangtse27& 28th June
TRELDHA TSHECHUGeokar Lhakhang, Yalang, Trashi Yangtse28th June
THE SAKTEN TSHECHUYuejug, Sakteng28th June
HA FESTIVALAll Chiwogs in Jarey, Lhuentse28th June – 2nd July
THE HAA SUMMER

FESTIVAL
Dzongkhag Ground, Upper market, Haa2nd weekend of July
HUNGLA CHOKHORTokaphu Lhakhang, Tongzhang, Trashi Yangtse14th – 16th Aug
LHAMOI DOEY-PHANGRingpung Dzong, Paro27th July
MERAK TSECHU/ SEMI

NOMAD FESTIVAL
Gengo, Merak15th – 16th Aug
A-HOI BONCHOEDBjoka Trong, Zhemgang19th Aug
MATSUTAKE MUSHROOM FESTIVALGenekha, Thimphu20th – 21st Aug
DONGDORLA DUECHOEDBjoka Trong, Zhemgang23rd – 26th Aug
TAKILA CHHAMTakila Lhakhang, Lhuentse29th – 31st Aug
KESIBI CHAAKesibi Lhakhang, Maenbi, Lhuentse29th – 31st August
TAKILA CHHA FESTIVALTakila Lhakhang (old), Lhuentse31st August
TOUR OF THE DRAGON (MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE)Bumthang to Thimphu7th September
CHUKORShaksing goenpa, Khamdang, Trashi Yangtse4th – 14th September
CHHAChhusa & Zimpong, Kurtoe, Lhuentse17th -19th September
THIMPHU DROMCHOETashi Chhodzong, Thimphu20th September
BUM TASHI FESTIVALGasa Dzong, Gasa2nd October
DROMCHERinpung Dzong, Paro22nd September
GOENPUNG TSHECHUShumar/Goenpun,

Pemagatshel
22nd – 24th September
KOTHAKPA TSHECHUShumar/Kothakpa,

Pemagatshel
22nd – 24th September
HAA TSECHULhakhang Karpo, Haa22nd – 24th September
WANGDUE TSHECHUTencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang22nd – 24th September
TERCHEN DRUPCHENKichu Lhakhang, Paro23rd September – 4th October
GELING GOENPA TSHECHUGeyling Goenpa, Chukha23rd – 24th September
LAMAI KUCHOEDDorji Gompa, Tang, Bumthang23rd – 25th September
SHAKSINGGOENPA TRADIONAL CHAM TSHECHUShaksing Goenpa, Khamdang, Trashi Yangtse23rd – 25th September
JANGCHUBLING WANGGangzur, Lhuentse24th September
THIMPHU TSHECHU 2023Tashichhodzong, Thimphu24th – 26th September
TAMSHING PHALA CHOEDPATamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang24th – 26th September
NEY, JANG AND GANGZUR

CHHA
Gangzur, Lhuentse24th – 26th September
DUNGSINGMA TSHECHUDungsingma, Yurung ,

Pemagatshel
27th – 29th September
NANGKOR TSHECHUShumar, Pemagatshel27th – 29th September
GANGTEY TSHECHUGangtey Goenpa, Phobjikha,

Wangduephodrang.
27th – 29th September
THANGBI MEWANGThangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang29th – 30th September
KADAM TSHECHUKadam Lhakhang,

Khar, Pemagatshel
28th – 30th September
PHUENTSHOLING THROMDE TSECHUPelden Tashichoelling Shedra, Phuentsholing29th September
KHOMSHAR KHARPHUKhomshar, Zhemgang29th September
DANKALA MANI (MANTRA)/TSHECHU-Dankala lhakhang Shaba, Paro29th September
LAYA AULAYLaya, Gasa22nd – 28th october
JOMOLHARI MOUNTAIN FESTIVALJangkothang, Upper Paro14th – 15th October
SHINGKHAR RABNEYShingkhar Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang20th – 24th September
“BHO-YAK”Janka-kha at upper valley of Haa.21st October
ROYAL HIGHLAND FESTIVALLaya, Gasa23rd – 24th October
JAKAR TSHECHUJakar Dzong, Bumthang21st – 25th October
CHUKHA TSHECHUChukha Ngedrubtse Dzong, Chukha23rd – 24th October
LANYIRI TSHECHULanyiri Lhakhang,

Dungmin, Pemagatshel
22nd – 24th October
UGYENCHOLING KANGSELUgyencholing Dzong, Tang, Bumthang22nd – 24th October
TSHEBAR TSHECHUTshebar Lhakhang, Khar,

Pemagatshel
23rd – 25th October
GOENKAR TSECHUGoenkar, Khoma, Lhuentse23rd – 25th October
DECHENPHUG TSECHUDechenphug lhakhang, Thimphu24th October
DUNGMED TSHECHUDungmed Lhakhang,

Dungmin, Pemagatshel
26th – 28th October
PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHUPemagatshel Dzong,

Pemagatshel
26th – 28th October
CHANGANGKHA LHAKHANG TSECHUChangangkha Lhakhang Thimphu27th October
TSHEPAMI THRONGDRELRingpung Deyangkha, Paro28th October
LAYA RUNLaya, Gasa23rd October
JAMBAY LHAKANG

SINGYE CHAM
Jambay Lhakhang,

Choekhor, Bumthang
27th November
JAMBAY LHAKANG DRUPJambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang28th – 31st October
PRAKAR DUECHOEPrakar Lhakang, Bumthang29th – 31st October
PANBANG TSECHUSonamthang Dratshang, zhemgang2nd – 4th November
SERZHONG TSECHUDo-Ngag Kuenzangcholing Lhakhang, Serzhong,

Sarpang
22nd – 24th October
BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF

HIS MAJESTY JIGME SINGYE WANGCHUCK
11th November
BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVALGangtey Goenpa,

Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang.
11 November
BIRD FESTIVALTingtibi, Zhemgang11th -13th November
SUMTHRANG KANGSELSumthrang Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang9th – 13th November
KHOMSHAR KATAGKhomshar, Zhemgang12th November
YESHEY GOENPOI DRUPCHEN/ FESTIVAL OF

MAHAKALA
Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa18th – 20th November
MONGAR TSECHUMongar Dzong, Mongar19th – 22nd

November
TANG NAMKHAR RABNEYTang Namkhar Lhakhang,

Tang, Bumthang
21st – 22nd November
DECHENLING TSHECHUDechenling Lhakhang,

Dechenling, Pemagatshel
20th – 22nd November
MENCHU PEMAPHUENDEYNorbugang, Pemagatshel20th – 22nd November
PEMA YOESELCHOLING GOENPA TSECHUKencholing, Geog: Shompangkhag, Sarpang4th November
GEOKAR LHAKHANG

TSHECHU
Geokar Lhakhang, Yalang,

Trashi Yangtse
22nd – 27th

November
DOEDEL PEMACHOLING TSHECHUDoedel Pemacholing

Lhakhang, Ramjar, Trashi Yangtse
24th – 28th November
GOSHING TSECHUGoshing Trong, Zhemgang25th – 26th November
PHUMITHANG TSECHUPhumithang Dratshang, Zhemgang25th – 27th November
GAMUNG TSHECHUShumar/Gamung,

Pemagatshel
25th – 27th November
GONGPHU TSECHUGongphu, Zhemgang25th – 27th November
BULI TSECHUBuli, Zhemgang25th – 27th November
KHANGMA TSHECHUKhangma Lhakhang,

Yurung, Pemagatshel
26th – 28th November
BJOKA TSECHUBjoka Trong, Zhemgang26th – 29th November
CHOJAM RABNEYChojam Lhakahng, Tang, Bumthang27th November
LADRONG RABNEYLadrong Lhakhang, Jarey, Lhuentse26th – 30th November
BONCHOEDTrong/Dangkhar, Zhemgang27th November
KHARPHU BONCHOEDShingkhar, Zhemgang27th November
MAMUNG TSECHUMamung Trong, Zhemgang27th November
TASHIBI TSECHUTashibi, Zhemgang27th November
NANGLA TSECHUNangla, Trong, Zhemgang27th November
BONCHOEDBuli/Tali/Kikhar/Nangkhor,

Zhemgang
27th November
THRISA TSECHUThrisa, Zhemgang27th – 30th November
LANGDURBI BONCHOEDLangdurbi, Zhemgang27th – 29th November
NGA LHAKHANG ZHINga Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang27th – 29th November
BARDO KHARPHUBardo, Zhemgang27th – 30th November
CHUZANGANG TSECHUChuzangang Lhakhang,

Serzhong, Sarpang
15th November
SHINGKHAR TSECHUShingkhar, Zhemgang27th November – 1st

December
WAMLING TSECHUWamling, Zhemgang27th November – 1st

December
PANGKHAR CHOEDPAPangkhar Lhakhang, Ura,

Bumthang
7th – 12th December
MONPA FestivalJangbi, Trongsa10th December
JANGCHUBLING TSECHUGangzur, Lhuentse10th – 11th December
DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHUDochula, Thimphu13th December
LOMBAIndividual House, Haa and

Paro
11th December
DUNGKAR TSHECHUKurtoe, Lhuentse20th – 22nd December
TRONGSA ANNUAL

TSHECHU
Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa20th – 23rd December
LHUENTSE DZONG (LHUENTSE TSHECHU):Gangzur Lhuentse19th – 23rd December
SAMDRUP JONGKHAR ANNUAL TSECHUSamdrup Jongkhar Rabdey24th – 26th December
KILUNG CHOTPAGangzur, Lhuentse25th and 26th

December
FESTIVAL NAMEPLACEDATE
Lhamoi DromcheTrongsaFeb 15-17
Punakha DrupchenPunakhaFeb 16-18
Punakha TshechuPunakhaFeb 19-21
Tharpaling ThongdrolChumi,Bumthangfeb 24
Tangsibi ManiUra,BumthangFeb 24-26
Bhutan International MarathonAnnual Event Organisedmar 5
GomphukoraTrashigangMar 17-19
Talo TshechuTalo,PunakhaMar 17-19
Gasa TshechuGasaMar 17-19
Zhemgang TshechuZhemgangMar 17-19
Paro TshechuParoMar 21-25
Chhorten KoraTrashiyangtseMar 25 & April 8
Rhododendron festivalLampelri Botanical Garden,DochulaApril 19-21
Domkhar TshechuChumi,BumthangApril 18-20
Ura YakchoeUra,BumthangApril 20-24
Nimalung TshechuChumi,BumthangJune 14-16
Kurjey TshechuChoekor,BumthangJune 16
Haa Summer FestivalHaaJuly 14-15
Mushroom festivalGenekha, ThimphuAug 15-16
Masutaki Mushroom festivalUra,BumthangAug 23-24
Tour of the Dragon-Bicycle RaceBumthang-Thimphusept 5
Thimphu DrupchenThimphuSep 8
Paro DromcheParoSep 10
Wangdue TshechuWangduephodrangSep 11-13
Thimphu TshechuThimphuSep 12-14
Tamshing Phala ChoepaTamshing,BumthangSep 13-15
Gangtey TshechuGangtey, Phobjikha ValleySep 16-18
Thangbi ManiChoekor,BumthangSep 17-19
Jhomolhari Mountain FestivalDangochang (Jhomolhari Base Camp)Oct 14-15
Royal Highland festivalOct 23-24
Chukha TshechuChukhaOct 10-12
Jakar TshechuChoekor,BumthangOct 10-12
Jambhay Lhakhang DrupChoekor,BumthangOct 17-21
Prakhar DuchhoedChumi,BumthangOct 18-20
Dechenphu TshechuThimphunov 3
Black Neckedl Crane festivalPhobjikha Valleynov 11
Goenpi DromcheTrongsaNov 6-8
Mongar TshechuMongarNov 9-11
Trashigang TshechuTrashigangNov 9-11
Jambhay Lhakhang Singye ChamBumthangnov 15
Pemagatshel TshechuPema GatshelNov 9-11
Nalakhar TshechuBumthangNov 15-17
Druk Wangyel TshechuDochulaDec 13
Trongsa TshechuTrongsaDec 8-10
Lhuentse TshechuLhuentseDec 8-10

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