Bhutan Festival Dates 2018

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Bhutan Festival Dates 2018-2019

Bhutan Festival in the Land of the Thunder Dragon are rich and happy expressions of its ancient Buddhist culture. These festivals are held in all districts in honour of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Tsechus are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar, and last up to four days in which a series of highly stylised masked dance rituals are performed.

Festivals are also a big family and social occasion. People dress up in their finest clothes and most resplendent jewelry of coral and turquoise. They pack picnic lunches in their traditional bamboo baskets and stay all day at the festivals which are usually held in the dzongs (fortresses) or at monasteries.

Behind the scenes, the monks prepare themselves for weeks ahead of the festival, involved in deep prayer and meditation prior to the festival. The monks perform special masked dances that are inspirations of enlightened beings in history; and the Bhutanese believe that watching these mystical dances is essential to gain enlightenment
SourceTourism Council of Bhutan

BHUTAN FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2017 & 2018 -(Provided by Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators)

SN            FESTIVAL                  PLACE          2017      2018
1 TAKIN FESTIVAL              Damji, GASA    
2 NOMAD FESTIVAL    Nagsephel, BUMTHANG   23rd February
3 Bhutan International Marathon (Annual Event organized by BOC)   5th March
4 PUNAKHA DRUBCHEN Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA 4th – 6th March 19th -24th February
5 PUNAKHA TSHECHU Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA 7th – 9th March 25th -27thFebruary
6 THONGDROL Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chummi, BUMTHANG 12th March 2nd March
7 CHHORTEN KORA        Chorten Kora,       TRASHIYANGTSHE 11th April & 26th April 2nd March
8 GOMPHU KORA Gom Kora Lhakhang,TRASHIGANG 4th – 6th April 25th-26th March
9 TALO TSHECHU Talo Gonpa,PUNAKHA 4th –6th April  
10 GASA TSHECHU 
Gasa Dzong, GASA 3rd – 6th April 24th -26th March
11 ZHEMGANG TSHECHU Zhemgang Dzong, ZHEMGANG 4th –7th April 25th-27th March
12 PARO TSHECHU Rinpung Dzong, PARO 7th – 11th April 27th-31st March
12 CHHUKHA TSHECHU Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 9th – 11th Apri  
13 RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, THIMPHU 14th – 16th April 15th-17h April
14 DOMKHAR TSHECHU Domkhar, Chummi, BUMTHANG 5th – 7th May 25th-27th April
15 URA YAKCHOE Ura Lhakhang, BUMTHANG 7th – 10th May 26th -29th April
16 NIMALUNG TSHECHU Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, BUMTHANG 1st – 3rd July 21st -23rd June
17 KURJEY TSHECHU Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 3rd July 23rd June
18 HAA SUMMER FESTIVAL Town Festival Ground, HAA 5th July 8th-9th July
18 MUSHROOM FESTIVAL Genekha, Thimphu 15th –16th August 12th-13th August
19 MATSUTAKE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL Ura, BUMTHANG 23rd –24th August 23rd- 24th August
20 TOUR OF THE DRAGON (BICYCLE RACE) Bumthang to Thimphu 2nd September 2nd September
21 THIMPHU DRUBCHEN Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU 25th – 29th September 15th September
22 WANGDUE TSHECHU Tencholing Army Ground, WANGDUEPHODRANG 29th September-2nd October 17th -19th September
23 GANGTEY TSHECHU Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG 3rd–5th October  
24 TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 29th September – 1st October 18th-20th September
25 THIMPHU TSHECHU Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU 30th Sept. – 2nd Oct. 19th-21st September
27 JHOMOLHARI MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL Jhomolhari 14th –15th October 4th-5th October
27 THANGBI MANI Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, BUMTHANG 4th –6th October 23rd -26th September
29 JAKAR TSHECHU Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 29th – 31st October 19th October
29 DECHENPHU TSHECHU Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu 30th October  
30 PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU Pemagatshel Dzong, PEMAGATSHEL 26th – 28th November 22nd-24th October
31 JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 3rd – 7th November 24th -27th October
32 PRAKHAR DUCHHOED Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, BUMTHANG 4th – 6th November  
33 BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG 11th November 11th November
34 MONGAR TSHECHU Mongar Dzong, MONGAR 26th – 28th November 14th – 18th November
35 TRASHIGANG TSHECHU Trashigang Dzong, TRASHIGANG 27th – 29th November 15th-19th November
36 JAMBAY LAKHANG SINGYE CHAM Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 3rd December 23rd November
37 NALAKHAR TSHECHU Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 3rd – 5th December  
38 DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHU Dochula, Thimphu 13th December 13th December
39 TRONGSA TSHECHU Trongsa Dzong, TRONGSA 26th – 28th December 15th-18th December
40 LHUENTSE TSHECHU Lhuentse Dzong, LHUENTSE 26th – 28th December 15th -19th December
41 NABJI LHAKHANG DRUP Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, TRONGSA 2nd – 4th January 2018 22nd December 2018

NOTE: Religious Bhutan festival dates 2018 are tentative so please confirm with your tour operator prior to confirming your holiday plan.

Some useful Bhutanese phrases during tours
Hello :              Ku-zu-zam-po-la (meaning good health)
Thank You :     Ka din chey la
See you :          Lok jey gay
Good bye :       Lus la “or” Laso la

 

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