Tsechu in Bhutanese means “tenth day,” and is a religious festival held on the tenth day of a month on the lunar calendar which corresponds to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava).

Tsechus bring communities together to watch the sacred mask dances, meet with friends and family, and also to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Each mask dance is unique and some have been performed the same way for over a thousand years. Generally monks perform the dance, but in small villages, local men also join in.

Bhutan Festival Dates for 2023

Punakha Drubchen24/02/202328/02/2023
Trashi Yangtse Tshechu27/02/202301/03/2023
Punakha Tshechu01/03/202303/03/2023
Tharpaling Thongdrol07/03/202307/03/2023
Gomphu Kora29/03/202331/03/2023
Talo Tshechu29/03/202331/03/2023
Gasa Tshechu29/03/202331/03/2023
Paro Tshechu02/04/202306/04/2023
Chorten Kora05/04/202320/04/2023
Rhododendron Festival14/04/202316/04/2023
Ura Yakchoe02/05/202306/05/2023
Kurjey Tshechu28/06/202328/06/2023
Haa Summer Festival09/07/202315/07/2023
Masutake Festival15/08/202316/08/2023
Shingkhar Rabney20/09/202324/09/2023
Thimphu Dromchoe20/09/202320/09/2023
Wangdue Tshechu22/09/202324/09/2023
Thimphu Tshechu24/09/202326/09/2023
Tangbi Mewang29/09/202330/09/2023
Jomolhari Mountain Festival14/10/202315/10/2023
Jakar Tshechu21/10/202325/10/2023
Ugyencholing Kangsel22/10/202324/10/2023
Royal Highland Festival23/10/202324/10/2023
Jambay Lhakhang Drup28/10/202331/10/2023
Prakhar Tshechu29/10/202331/10/2023
Black Necked Crane Festival11/11/202311/11/2023
Birth Anniversary of 4th King11/11/202311/11/2023
Druk Wangyel Tshechu13/12/202313/12/2023

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