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Bhutan Festivals

The Bhutanese Festivals called “Tshechus” are annual events held at different times of the year in monasteries, temples and dzongs. The Bhutanese people gather to observe the mask dances and also in addition to some folk dances. The sole purpose is spiritual that shows how good triumphs over evil. The Festivals are organized to pray for the good harvest and good heath of the communities. These festivals also describe the life of the Bhutan’s patron saint, Guru Rimpoche.

These Bhutanese Festivals draw large number of  local people and tourists alike. This is also an opportunity for the families to get together and involves drinking and socializing a lot. The local people wear their finest clothes and jewelry, however more significantly it is an event for prayers and blessings.

We have selected a list of the best Bhutan Festival tour itineraries which are below:



Punakha Festival

Festival dates: 22nd – 24th Feb. 2021

One of the famous annual festivals of Bhutan is held in Punakha. Punakha festival is preceded by Punakha Drubchen which is held inside the Dzong for three days. This festival is different from the other regular ones and the performers dramatize the scenes of the Shabdrung Era. On the last day of the festival, a large Tapestry (Throngdroel) of Guru Rimpoche is unfurled.

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Paro Festival

Festival dates: 24th – 28th March 2021

The Paro Festival is a very famous festival in Bhutan and is held annually during the Spring at the Paro Dzong. The festival is for five days and main event of the festival is the Throngdroel ceremony. On the last day, the 400 years old Thanka (Tapestry) is unfurled from the top of a building. The local people come to get blessed by touching the Tapestry with their forehead.

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Rhododendron Festival

Festival dates: 16th – 18th April 2021

The Rhododendron festival focuses around three main themes: ecological, cultural and food & entertainment but will be dominated by ecological themes, particularly Rhododendron. The festival will highlight some of the cultural richness of the area and inter-relate with nature. Boedra or the Tibetan sound which originated from Tibet and now popular in Bhutan.

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Ura Yakchoe Festival

Festival dates: 24th – 28th April 2021

This annual festival held in Ura in Bumthang is known for its famous dance called the “Ura Yakchoe”. A sacred relic is displayed for people to receive blessing from. According to legend, an old woman sitting outside her house was visited by a lama asking for a glass of water. When she came out with the water, the lama had vanished leaving behind only a sack.

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Nimalung Festival

Festival dates: 18th – 20th June 2021

Nimalung Festival is held in Nimalung Temple in Bumthang. This 3 day festival is an annual event and starts with the Mask dances and folk dances. The main event is on the last day where they display of Guru Tshengye Thongdrol (Huge Tapestry / Thanka) in the morning and people get blessed. On final day of the festival, people also get the opportunity to witness Guru Tshengye cham.

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Haa Summer Festival

Festival dates: 10th – 11th July 2021

The Haa Summer festival is a lively event with religious performances. You can enjoy unique Bhutanese cuisine, local Ara, traditional sports and celebrations of traditional living. It gives insight into the lives and traditions of Bhutan’s nomadic herders up in the mountains. You can witness the Bhutanese folk songs and dances, artifacts, religious performances and see natural alpine flowers.

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Thimphu Festival

Festival dates: 16th – 20th September 2021

The Thimphu festival is one of the grand festivals held in the capital city. This Annual festival is held in the courtyard of Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat. Thousands of local people and tourists alike flock to witness this three day festival. The festival is preceded by three days of prayers and rituals (Dromche) inside the Dzong to invoke the  deities.

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Chukha Festival

Festival dates: 13th – 15th October 2021

The Chukha festival is held annually for three days as an offering to Guru Rinpoche. Different kinds of mask dances, traditional folk songs and dances are performed during the festival. On the third day, a Throngdroel (Large tapestry) of Guru Rimpoche is unfurled which is the highlight of the festival.

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Jakar Festival

Festival dates: 13th – 15th October 2021

This three day annual festival in Bumthang is held in the courtyard of Jakar Dzong or “The Castle of a White Bird”. The festival showcases several sacred mask dances. The festival also hosts different types of folk songs and dances. The People witness the festival dressed in their finest clothes and is one of the most popular festivals among tourists.

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Dechenphug Lhakhang Festival

Dechenphu Festival

Festival dates: 15th October 2021

The annual Dechenphug festival is held for just one day at Dechenphug monastery in Thimphu. This festival is dedicated to Gay Ngyen Jakpa Melen, a powerful guardian deity of Bhutan. Some of the important mask dances performed during the festival include the Zhananga Cham, Genyen Kunchaam, Shazam Cham, and Nga Cham.

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Jambay Jakhang Festival

Jambay Jakhang Festival

Festival dates: 20th– 22nd October 2021

This is one of the very popular festivals in Bhutan and is held at the 7th century old Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang, one of the famous and oldest temples in the country. The bonfires and Masked dances commemorate the establishment of this 7th century temple by the Tibetan King Srongtsen Gampo. This Temple is one of the 108 temples built by Srongtsen Gampo of Tibet in one day.

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Black Necked Cranes Festival

Black Necked Cranes Festival

Festival dates: 11th November 2021

The Black-necked crane festival is celebrated at the Gangtey Monastery and is one the famous Bhutanese festivals. The festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of the endangered Black necked cranes. These Majestic birds are an inseparable part in their daily lives during the winter months. The festival is organized to create an awareness on the importance of conserving these rare and endangered cranes.

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Nalakhar Festival

Nalakhar Festival

Festival dates: 19th – 21stNovember 2021

This is one of the very popular Bhutan festivals and is held at the Ngaa Lhakhang in the village of Nalakhar, Bumthang. The 3 days festival in one of the popular festivals among the people of Choekhor valley and the people from all over Bumthang come to witness the festival dressed in their finest clothes. This theme of th festival is to bring prosperity and happiness to the community and the country as a whole.

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Druk Wangyel Festival

Festival dates: 13th December 2021

The Druk Wangyel festival is a very unique festival in Bhutan and is performed by the Royal Bhutan Army. This event is a tribute to the wise leadership of His Majesty the King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. It is also to celebrate efforts of the Royal Bhutan Army in protecting the sovereignty and stability of the country. This festival is performed at the beautiful Dochu la pass with 108 stupas.

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