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Thimphu Tshechu

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Thimphu Tshechu

  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Place: Bumthang

One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu. This festival is held in the capital city for three days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. The Thimphu Tshechu underwent a change in the 1950s, when the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, introduced numerous Boed cham (mask dances performed by lay monks).

Insight into Festival Duration, Dates, and Features

Thimphu Tshechu Features

Thimphu Tshechu is one of the greatest celebrations in the nation. Three days are dedicated to this festival in the nation’s capital.

Thimphu Tshechu Dates for 2023
  • Starting Date: 8th october 2023
  • Ending Date: 10th october 2023
Thimphu Tshechu Insights

Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay, the 4th Druk Desi (Bhutan’s secular monarch), founded Thimphu Tsechu in the 17th century.

The third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, made various changes to Thimphu Tshechu in the 1950s.

Thimphu Tshechu Highlights

Festival Packages

Duration: 9 Days

Duration: 9 Days

Duration: 9 Days

Duration: 9 Days

Thimphu Tshechu

Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU

One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu. This festival is held in the capital city for three days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar.

The Thimphu Tshechu underwent a change in the 1950s, when the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, introduced numerous Boed cham (mask dances performed by lay monks). These additions added color and variation to the festival without compromising its spiritual significance. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru), Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) are enjoyed because they are similar to stage-theater. Equally important are the Atsara’s, which are more than just mere clowns.

The Atsara’s are the Dupthob (acharya), who provide protection. The dances and the jesting of the Atsara’s are believed to entrance evil forces and prevent them from causing harm during Tshechu. Modern Atsara’s also perform short skits to disseminate health and social awareness messages.

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