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Paro Tshechu Festival 2018

7-2-2018
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Paro Tshechu Festival 2018

Paro Tshechu festival is the most famous religious mask dance festival of Bhutan. It is celebrated in the honor of Guru Padmasambava. It is an annual affair and people of Bhutan celebrating this festival till date since 17th century when Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Ponpo Rigzin Nyingpo started it together in the year 1644.

 

It begins on the 10th day of second Bhutanese lunar month every year.  Celebration goes on for 4-5 days.  Experience the rich culture and history of Bhutan through this festival. It is a big social gathering of the people of Bhutan and wear their colorful traditional dresses and jewelry of coral and turquoise.  

 

Monks involve themselves in the deep meditation and prayer a week ago from the start of festival.  Monks and some local dancers of remote villages perform during the festival time.  It is believed that one must attend a Tshechu to see the dance performances of the mask dancers once in a life time in order to get blessings, wash away their sins, and will help to gain enlightenment. Every performance performed by mask dancers has special meaning and some story or incidents behind it. 

 

Paro and Thimpu are two most important Tshechu of Bhutan in terms of local gathering and participation. Their belief and devotion towards these festivals makes them a special affair. Both festivals are celebrated during spring and autumn season.

   

Monks of the Paro Dzong and display of giant Thangkha painting on the final day of Tshechu  are some major highlights of this festival.    

 

Paro Festival Dates    

Paro festival date in 2018 : 27th – 31st March 2018, Venue - Rinpung Dzong

Paro festival date in 2019 : 07th – 11th April 2019, Venue - Rinpung Dzong

 

Tours of Bhutan 2018

 

Paro Tshechu Festival 2018

 

 

Bhutan Festival Calendar 2018

SL. No.

FESTIVAL

PLACE

DATES 2018

1

Punakha Drubchen

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

19th -24th February

2

Lhamoi Dromche

Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa

20th – 22nd February

3

Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

25th – 27th February

4

Changa Kora

Chorten Kora, Trashi Yangtshe

2nd March

5

Gomphu Kora

Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashi Yangtshe

25th – 26th March

6

Paro Tshechu

Rinpung Dzong, Paro

27th – 31st March

7

Rhododendron Festival

Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu

15th – 17th April

8

Ura Yakchoe

Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang

26th – 29th April

9

Nimalung Tshechu

Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, Bumthang

21st – 23rd June

10

Kurjey Tshechu

Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

23rd June

11

Haa Summer Festival

Town Festival Ground, Haa

8th -9th July

12

Annual Mushroom Festival

Genekha, Thimphu

12th – 13th August

13

Masutaki Mushroom Festival

Ura, Bumthang

23rd – 24th August

15

Thimphu Drubchen

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu

15th September

16

Wangdue Tshechu

Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang

17th – 19th September

17

Tamshing Phala Chhoepa

Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

18th – 20th September

18

Thimphu Tshechu

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu

19th- 21st September

19

Thangbi Mani

Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang

23rd – 26th September

20

Jakar Tshechu

Jakar Dzong, Bumthang

19th October

21

Jhomolhari Mountain Festival

Dangojang, Thimphu

4th- 5th October

22

Pemagatshel Tshechu

Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel

22nd – 24th October

23

Royal Highland Festival

Laya, Gasa

23rd – 24th October

24

Jambay Lhakhang Drup

Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

24th – 27th October

25

Prakhar Duchhoed

Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang

25th – 27th October

26

Black Necked Crane Festival

Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang

11th November

27

Mongar Tshechu

Mongar Dzong, Mongar

14th – 18th November

28

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang

15th – 19th November

29

Jambay Lakhang Singye Cham

Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang

23rd November

30

Nalakhar Tshechu

Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor Bumthang

23rd – 25th November

31

Druk Wangyel Tshechu

Dochula, Thimphu

13th December

32

Trongsa Tshechu

Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa

15th – 18th December

33

Lhuentse Tshechu

Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse

15th – 19th December

 

 

How to reach Paro?

Located on the western side of Bhutan, Paro gives easy access to the travelers to attend Paro festival. It is an hour drive away from Paro International airport.

 

How to reach Paro by Air?

There are number of flights  available which connect Paro to other countries like Druk Air, Buddha Air, Bhutan Airlines, and Tashi Air.

 

How to reach Paro by Train?

Take a train from Kolkata which will take you further to Bhutan.

 

How to reach Paro by Road?

You can drive or take a bus from Phuntsholing Bus Stand to Paro. It takes about 6-7 hours.

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