Religious festivals known as the "Tsechu" are performed in honour of Guru Rinpoche, the 8th century Saint commemorating his great deeds. These great deeds are all believed to have taken place on the Tenth day of the Bhutanese calendar month, which is why the meaning of the word “Tsechu”. Tsechu's are celebrated between three to five days and are the occasion for dances that are clearly defined in  a religious context.
 


For the Bhutanese, religious festivals offer an opportunity to become immersed in the meaning of their religion and to gain much merits and blessings.

It is also the occasion for meeting people and for social gathering. People are dressed in their finest clothes and the atmosphere during the Tsechu's are generally convivial and good humor prevails during this celebration. It will be a great opportunity for visitors to interact with the local people and witness the mask dances, folk songs and be amongst the rural folks of Bhutan.



 Festivals  Months
 Punakha Dromchoe  February
 Paro Tshechu  March/April
 Kurjey Tshechu  June
 Wangdi Tshechu  September
 Thimphu Tshechu  September
 Jakar Dzong Tshechu  October
 Jambay Lhakhang Drup  October
 Trongsa Tshechu  December