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Festival Holidays In Bhutan: A traditional way to get-together with Bhutanese family members, relatives, neighbors and children is during festivals in Bhutan which is held yearly on the auspicious day corresponding the holy date of the Bodhisattvas. Bhutanese people from different communities of the region gather to witness the annual event in their best outfit. It is always believed that, just to witness the festival is to get rid of the sin and to extend the life span of the people. Bhutanese festivals are always joyful occasion to interact with the friends, share funs and meals together.

Festivals in Bhutan are held every year in different dates. Many of these days celebrate the birthdays of Bodhisattvas in the Mahayana tradition or other significant dates, which starts especially from the 10th day in the Buddhist lunar calendar called Tsechu. It is celebrated in order to commemorate the victory over the saints who discovered the treasures to flourish peace and happiness by spreading the Buddhism, subduing and converting the evil spirits into their disciples, in return blessing the whole community with good luck, happiness and glamorous life for the eternity and good harvest. Therefore, festivals are the historical day of offering and must to pay the respect and homage to those masters.

Festival tours in Bhutan are memorable and most interesting especially for the professional photographer to collect lot of beautiful and amazing portraits of the Bhutanese. Festival holidays to Bhutan will also brings you the historical events of the locals with traditional Bhutanese holiday’s attire. Under unique festivals tours, we dress you up in Bhutanese costume, join the local families for meals and share the stories.

Some of the most popular festivals in Bhutan are, Paro festival, Thimphu festival, Punakha festival, Wangdue festival, Trongsa festival etc. Among many historical festivals in Bhutan, the most unique festival in Bhutan is Jambay Lhakhang Drup which is held for five days in autumn every year and is the only unique festivals in Bhutan so called naked dance festival.

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

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