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The Tshechu is festival honouring Guru Padsambhava ‘one who was born from lotus flower’. This Indian saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan etc. around 800 A.D. He is the founder of the Nyingmapa, the ‘old school’ of Lamaism which still has numerous followers. The biography of Guru is highlighted by 12 episodes of the model of Buddha’s Shakyamuni’s life. Each episode is commemorated around the year on the 10th day of the month by ‘the tshechu’.

The dates and duration of the festivals vary from one district to another but they always take place on or around the 10th day of the month according to the Bhutanese calendar.

During Tshechus, the dances are performed by monks as well as laymen. The Tshechu is a religious festival and by attending it, it is believed one gains merit. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people, dressed in all their finery, come together to rejoice.

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Festival dates depend upon lunar calendar so the date varies every year. Following festival guide would be helpful in planning a trip :

Festival Location Date
Punakha Dromche Punakha  Late February /Early March
Gom Kora Tshechu Trashiyangtse  Early April
Chhuka Tshechu Chhukha  Early April
Paro Tshechu Paro  Late March / Early April
Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang  Early / Late June
Thimphu Tshechu Thimphu  Late Sept / Early Oct
Wangdu Tsechu Wangduephodrang  Late Sept / Early Oct
Tamshing Phal Choepa Bumthang  Late Sept / Early Oct
Tangbi Mani Bumthang  Early Oct
Jambey Lhakhang Drup Bumthang  Early Nov
Prakar Tshechu Bumthang  Early to mid Nov
Mongar Tshechu Mongar  Late Nov
Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang  Late Nov
Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa  Late Dec
Lhuntse Tshechu Lhuntse  Late Dec