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Punakha Tshechu

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Punakha Drubchen and Tshechu

  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Place: Dzong, Punakha

The Punakha Drubchen is a unique festival because it hosts a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle with Tibetan army. The local militiamen dressed in traditional battle gear and re-enact the ancient battle scene. 

Insight into Festival Duration, Dates, and Features

Punakha Tshechu Features

One of the most well-known Tshechu in the nation is the Punakha Tshechu. It occurs immediately following the well-known Punakha Drubchen.

The festival’s primary event is the unfolding of Guru Rinpoche’s thongdrol, a huge tapestry. The thongdrol is said to have the power to release and atone for the sins of anybody who sees it.

Punakha Tshechu Dates for 2023
  • Starting Date: 26th February 2023
  • Ending Date: 1st March 2023
Punakha Tshechu Insights

In 2005, the 70th Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choedra and the then-Home Minister, His Excellency Lyonpo Jigme Yoedzer Thinley, introduced Punakha Tshechu.

In response, the Tshechu was created. The event also featured a number of cultural performances and mask dances.

Punakha Tshechu Highlights

Festival Packages

Duration: 9 Days

Duration: 9 Days

Duration: 9 Days

Duration: 9 Days

Punakha Drubchen and Tshechu

Punakha Dzong

The Punakha Drubchen is a unique festival because it hosts a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle with Tibetan army. The local militiamen dressed in traditional battle gear and re-enact the ancient battle scene.

This re-enactment goes back to the time when in the absence of a standing army, men from the eight Tshogchens or great village blocks of Thimphu came forward and managed to expel the invading forces from the country. Their victory ushered in a period of newfound internal peace and stability.

These two festivals not only play an important role in preserving Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions but also provide devout Buddhists with an opportunity for prayer and pilgrimage. They reflect the richness of the Bhutanese cultural heritage and are very special in the eyes and hearts of both Bhutanese and tourists who visit Bhutan.

The Punakha District Administration and locals requested that a Tshechu be held in order to better preserve Buddhist teachings and perpetuate the heroic deeds of Zhabdrung Rimpoche.

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