Festival Calendar 2021

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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1 Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha 19th – 21st February
2 Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 22nd -24th February
3 Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang 27th February
4 Zhuri Duechoe Zhuri Lhakhang, Chumig
9th -10th March
5 Gadhen Choedpa Ura Lhakhang, Ura Bumthang 12th -13th March
6 Kharchu Drubchen Kharchu Lhakhang,
Thromdey Bumthang
13th March
7 Gomphukora Trashigang 21st -23rd March
8 Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa, Punakha 21st -23rd March
9 Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 21st -23rd March
10 Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 21st -23rd March
11aro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 24th -28th March
(Thongdrel on last day)
12Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora,
27th February & 13th
13Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden,
Dochula, Thimphu
16th – 18th April
14 Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chumig,
22nd -24th April
15 Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 24th – 28th April
16 Pedtsheling Kuchoe Pedtsheling
Lhakhang,Chokhor Bumthang
30th May-1st June
17 Nimalung Tendra Nimalung Dratshang,
Chumig, Bumthang
18th – 20th June
18 Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
20th June
19 Haa Summer Festival Haa 10th & 11th July
20Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu. 15th & 16th August
21 Masutaki Mushroom Festival Ura, Bumthang 23rd & 24th August
22 Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle
Bumthang to Thimphu 7th September
23 Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 12th September
24Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground,

14th – 16th September
25 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing lhakhang, Chokhor,
16th – 18th September
26 Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 16th – 18th September
27Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa,
18th – 20th September
(Thongdrel on last day)
28 Thangbi Mewang Tangbi Lhakhang, Chokhor,
19th – 21st September
29 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu 14th & 15th October
30Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 13th – 15th October
31 Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Thromdey,
12th – 16th October
32 Ugyencholing Kangsoel Ugyencholing Lhakhang,
Tang, Bumthang
13th – 15th October
33 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang,
15th October
34Takar Duechoe Chumig, Bumthang 20th -23rd October
35 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang,
Chokhor, Bumthang
21st -23th October
36Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Lhakhang, Chumni,
21st –23rd October
37Royal Highland Festival Laya, Gasa 23th – 24th October
38 Sumthrang Kangsoel Ura, Bumthang 2nd – 3rd November
39 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,
11th November
40Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 12th – 14th November
Trashigang Tshechu
Trashigang Dzong,
12th – 14th November
42Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong,
12th – 14th November
(Thongdral on last day)
43 Tang Namkhar Rabney Tang, Bumthang 14th -17th November
44 Chojang Rabney Tang, Bumthang 18th -22nd November
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