Bhutan Festival Calendar 2020

Festivals in the Land of the Thunder Dragon are rich and happy expressions of its ancient Buddhist culture.

These festivals are held in all districts in honor of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Tsechus are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar, and last up to four days in which a series of highly staylish masked dance rituals are performed. 

Festivals are also a big family and social occasions. People dress up in their finest clothes and most resplendent jewelry of coral and turquoise. They pack picnic lunches in their traditional bamboo baskets and stay all day at the festivals which are usually held in the dzongs (fortresses) or at monasteries. 

Behind the scenes, the monks prepare themselves for weeks ahead of the festival, involved in deep prayer and meditation prior to the festival. The monks perform special masked dances that are inspirations of enlightened beings in history; and the Bhutanese believe that watching these mystical dances is essential to gain enlightenment.

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Bhutan Festivals Calendar 2020

1 Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha 2nd – 4th March
2 Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 5th – 7th March
3 Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang 9th March
4 Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe 9th March & 24th March
5 Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang 1st -3rd April
6 Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa, Punakha 1st -3rd April
7 Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 1st -3rd April
8 Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 1st -3rd April
9 Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 4th -8th April – (Thongdral on last day)
10 Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu 17th – 19th April
11 Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chumni, Bumthang 2nd -4th May
12 Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 4th – 8th May
13 Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang,
Chumni, Bumthang
28th – 30th June
14 Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
30th June
15 Haa Summer Festival Haa 11th – 12th July
16 Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu. 15th & 16th Aug
17 Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang to Thimphu 5th Sept
18 Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 22nd Sept
19 Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground,
24th – 26th Sept
20 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing lhakhang,
26th – 28th Sept
21 Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 26th – 28th Sept
22 Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa,
Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang.
29th Sept– 1st Oct
(Thongdrel on last day)
23 Thangbi Mewang Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor,
30th Sept– 2nd Oct
24 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu 14th & 15th Oct
25 Royal Highland Festival Laya, Gasa 23th – 24th Oct
26 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 24th – 26th Oct
27 Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Choekhor,
23th -27th Oct
(thongdrel on 26th)
28 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
31st Oct -3rd Nov
29 Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Khakhang, Chumig,
1st – 3rd Nov
30 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang,
26th October
31 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,
11th Nov
32 Bhutan Bird Festival Tingtibi, Zhemgang 11th –13th Nov
33 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 22nd – 24th Nov
34 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong,
22nd -24th Nov
35 Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
30th Nov
36 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong,
21st – 24th Nov
(Thongdrel on last day)
37 Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor,
30th Nov– 2nd Dec
38 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula,
39 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong,
23rd -25th Dec
(Thongdrel on last day)
40 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong,
23rd – 25th Dec
(Thongdrel on last day)
41 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji,
29th –31st Dec (Mewang on 1st January 2021)
Thangbi Mani Festival
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