Paro Tshechu festival is the most famous religious mask dance festival in Bhutan. It is celebrated in the honour of Guru Padmasambhava. It is an annual affair and people of Bhutan celebrating this festival to date since the 17th century when Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Ponpo Rigzin Nyingpo started it together in the year 1644.
It begins on the 10th day of the second Bhutanese lunar month every year. The 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 wears their colourful traditional dresses and jewellery of coral and turquoise.
Monks involve themselves in deep meditation and prayer a week ago from the start of the 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 lifetime 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 stories or incidents behind it.
Paro and Thimpu are the two most important Tshechu of Bhutan in terms of local gathering and participation. Their belief and devotion towards these festivals make them a special affair. Both festivals are celebrated during the spring and autumn season.
Monks of the Paro Dzong and the display of giant Thangka painting on the final day of Tshechu are some major highlights of this festival.
Paro Festival Date 2021
21st to 23rd March 2021
Venue - Rinpung Dzong