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    Bhutan Festival

Trongsa Festival

All the festivals in Bhutan share the same theme, but each festival has its own special flavor. Different locals and venues provide a kaleidoscope of sight and sound. The Trongsa festival usually takes place in December or January, depending on the Bhutanese calendar.

This festival is less congested than the more popular ones, providing visitors with a better opportunity to experience and photograph the events on a more intimate level.

Thimphu Festival

This is another one of the great festivals of Bhutan. Like the Paro festival, its timing depends upon the Bhutanese lunar calendar, but usually occurs in September or October.

Because it is held in the populated capital of Bhutan, the Thimphu festival can be congested. This can make picture-taking challenging. One has to come early to secure a place to sit and watch the Festival.

The Thimphu festival takes place inside the capital-building courtyard. The capital building also houses the offices for the King, Ministry of Home Affairs, as well as summer residences for the monks when they move to the capital from their Punakha winter residence.

Jampa Lhakhang Drup (Festival)

Although the origin and purpose of the festival cannot be exactly determined, the Jampa Lhakhang Drup is regarded as one of the most ancient and sacred of all festivals in the region. The tradition of people from this area is to congregate in a spirit of piety and festivity on the 15th day of the ninth month of the Bhutanese calendar.

The well-known historian on Bhutan, the late Dr. Michael Aris, pointed out that this ancient festival retained some remnants of the old Agricultural New Year, which falls at the winter solstice and which has almost disappeared from this part of the country.

Paro Festival

This festival usually takes place in March or April each year, depending upon the Bhutanese lunar calendar. It is considered one of the most colorful and wonderful of Bhutan�s many festivals and is very popular with visitors.

Festival participants don ornamental dress and elaborate costumes that are worn just once a year. Other highlights of the Paro Festival include the Thongdrel on the last day.

Thongdrel is a huge religious scroll, usually with the image of Bhutanese protector deity, Guru Rimpoche, appliqu�d in bright silk. The scroll is lowered on the last day of the Festival in the early hours of the morning, and is rolled back up before direct sunlight touches it.


Punakha Tshechu (Festival)

Between 1616 AD and 1651 AD, Zhabdrung had to wage around five major against the major wars against the invading forces of Desi Tsangpa Phuntsho Namgyel and his successors. The Bhutanese militia under the able guidance of Zhabdrung himself was able to defeat the invaders. During those wars, Lam Zhabdrung also sought the support of the guardian Deities, particularly Palden Lhamo and Pal Yeshey Goenbo.

Punakha Drubchen therefore celebrates two important events:

a) Worship of the guardian deities and presentation of the deities to the public through mask dances performed by the monks. b) Enactment of ancient military scenes by Pazaps.

Totally different than other Festivals in the Kingdom, the Domchey depicts the events of the 17thn century -- specifically, how the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel came to Bhutan from Tibet. When he came to Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel brought valuable treasure from Tibet with him.

The Tibetan Army came to Punakha Dzong to retrieve the treasure and fought a battle with the Bhutanese defenders. In this festival, four different villages participate, each representing a different army that fought in this historic battle.

Festival Dates 2017



Start Date

End Date

Punakha Drubchen Punakha Mar 02, 2017 Mar 06, 2017
Punakha Tshechu Punakha Mar 07, 2017 Mar 09, 2017
Talo Tshechu Punakha Apr 04, 2017 Apr 06, 2017
GOMPHUKORA Trashi Yangtse Apr 04, 2017 Apr 06, 2017
Paro Tshechu Paro Apr 07, 2017 Apr 11, 2017
Chhorten Kora Trashi Yangtse Apr 11, 2017 Apr 26, 2017
Rhododendron Festival Thimphu Apr 18, 2017 Apr 20, 2017
Ura Yakchoe Bumthang May 07, 2017 May 10, 2017
Nimalung Tshechu Bumthang Jul 01, 2017 Jul 03, 2017
Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang Jul 03, 2017
tdimphu Drubchen Thimphu Sep 25, 2017 Sep 29, 2017
Wangdue Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang Sep 28, 2017 Sep 30, 2017
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Bumtdang Sep 30, 2017 Oct 02, 2017
Thimphu Tshechu Thimphu Sep 30, 2017 Oct 02, 2017
Thangbi Mani Bumthang Oct 04, 2017 Oct 06, 2017
Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Nov 01, 2017 Nov 03, 2017
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang Nov 03, 2017 Nov 06, 2017
Prakhar Duchhoed Bumthang Nov 04, 2017 Nov 06, 2017
Black Necked Crane Festival Wangdue Phodrang Nov 11, 2017
Mongar Tshechu Mongar Nov 25, 2017 Nov 28, 2017
Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Nov 26, 2017 Nov 29, 2017
Jambay Lakhang Singye Cham Bumthang Dec 03, 2017
Nalakhar Tshechu Bumthang Dec 03, 2017 Dec 05, 2017
Druk Wangyel Tshechu Thimphu Dec 13, 2017
Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dec 25, 2017 Dec 28, 2017
Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dec 25, 2017 Dec 28, 2017