The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.
Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. . In addition to the mask dances tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.
It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages they are performed jointly by monks and village men.
There are many other festivals that are celebrated in Bhutan. Some of the festivals of Bhutan are listed below:
Festivals in spring:
Paro Tshechu (End of March)
Bhumthang Ura Yakchoe (third week of April)
Festivals in summer:
Haa Summer Festival (end of June or first week of July)
Festivals in autumn:
Thimphu Drubchen (third week of September)
Wangdue Tshechu (third week of September)
Bhumthang Thangbi Mani (End of September to first week of October)
Bhumthang Jambhay Lhakhang Drup (end of October to first week of November)
Bhumthang Prakhar Tshechu (end of October to first week of November)
Festivals in winter:
Trongsa Tshechu (third week of December)
Punakha Domchoe (mid-February )
Punakha Tshechu (third week of December)