Festival

Bhutan celebrates a religious festival on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar which is popularly known as “Tshechu” remarking 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 clelebrated as grand events which are attended by entire communities to witness religious mask dances, recive blessing and get socialize. It is believed that witnessing the mask dance at least once in Tschechu washes away peoples sins. The mask dance is performed by monk in monasteries whereas in remote villages they are performed jointly by monks and village men.

Paro Tshechus and Thimphu Tsheschus are the two most popular Tshechus in the country in terms of participation and audiences. Besides the locals, many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.