Bhutan Festival Dates 2020

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Bhutan Festival Dates 2020-21

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)

                   NAME               TOWN                    DATES
Punakha Drubchen              PunakhaMar 02 – Mar 04, 2020
Punakha Tshechu              PunakhaMar 05 – Mar 07, 2020
Chhorten Kora              Trashi YangtseMar 09 – Mar 24, 2020
Tharpaling Thongdrol              BumthangMar 09, 2020
Zhemgang Tshechu             ZemgangApr 01 – Apr 03, 2020
Talo Tshechu            PunakhaApr 01 – Apr 03, 2020
Gasa Tshechu            GasaApr 01 – Apr 03, 2020
Gomphukora            TrashigangApr 01 – Apr 03, 2020
Paro Tshechu             ParoApr 04 – Apr 08, 2020
Rhododendron Festival             ThimpuApr 17 – Apr 19, 2020
Domkhar Tshechu             BumthangMay 02 – May 04, 2020
Ura Yakchoe             BumthangMay 04 – May 08, 2020
Nimalung Tshechu             BumthangJun 28 – Jun 30, 2020
Kurjey Tshechu            BumthangJun 30, 2020
Haa Summer Festival           Ha ValleyJul 11- Jul 12, 2020
Mushroom Festival           ThimpuAug 15 – Aug 16, 2020
Tour of the Dragon           BumthangSep 05, 2020
Thimphu Drubchen            ThimpuSep 22, 2020
Wangdue Tshechu            Wangdu PhodrangSep 24, 2020       Sep 26, 2020
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa            BumthangSep 26, 2020       Sep 28, 2020
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa            Bumthang
Thimphu Tshechu           ThimpuSep 26 – Sep 28, 2020
Gangtey Tshechu           Wangdue PhodrangSep 29 – Oct 01, 2020
Thangbi Mani          BumthangSep 30 – Oct 02, 2020
Jhomolhari Mountain Festival          ThimpuOct 14 – Oct 15, 2020
Jakar Tshechu           BumthangOct 23 – Oct 27, 2020
Royal Highland Festival            GasaOct 23 – Oct 24, 2020
Chhukha Tshechu            ChukhaOct 24 – Oct 26, 2020
Dechenphu Tshechu           ThimpuOct 26, 2020
Jambay Lhakhang Drup           BumthangOct 31 – Nov 03, 2020
Prakhar Duchhoed          BumthangNov 01 – Nov 03, 2020
Bhutan Bird Festival           ZemkhangNov 11 – Nov 13, 2020
Black Necked Crane Festival           Wangdue PhodrangNov 11, 2020
Pemagatshel Tshechu          PemagatshelNov 21 – Nov 24, 2020
Trashigang Tshechu         TrashigangNov 22 – Nov 24, 2020
Mongar Tshechu         MongarNov 22 – Nov 24, 2020
Nalakhar Tshechu         BumthangNov 30 – Dec 02, 2020
Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham         BumthangNov 30, 2020
Druk Wangyel Tshechu        ThimpuDec 13, 2020
Lhuentse Tshechu        LhuentseDec 23 – Dec 25, 2020
Trongsa Tshechu        TrongsaDec 23 – Dec 25, 2020
Nabji Lhakhang Drup        TrongsaDec 29 – Dec 31, 2020

NOTE: Religious Bhutan festival dates 2020 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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