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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

Name

Town

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