Bhutan Festival Tour
Festivals in Bhutan are called as Tshechus, the most important and celebrated festival in Bhutan. Tshechu is a Bhutanese term to meaning the “Tenth Day” which falls on the tenth day of the month of a Buddhist lunar calendar. It varies from place to place and temples to temples, however the essence of Tsechus remains the same and is celebrated in the same grandeur in all places.
Tshechus are festivals extolling the great deeds of the Buddhist Saint, Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as “Guru Rinpoche” in Bhutan. All of Guru Rinpoche’s great deeds are believed to have taken place on the 10th day of the month, which is the meaning of the word Tshechu, and all Tshechu do in fact take place/begin on 10th days. All the districts, dzongs and a large number of villages in the east, hold annual Tshechu, which attract people from far and wide.
Festivals in Bhutan usually conclude with the veneration of a huge appliqué (a Tibetan Buddhist painting us ally depicting a Buddhist deity, a scene or a mandala) called a “thongdroel”. The thongdroel is unveiled at dawn to bring enlightenment to all who view it. Bhutan festival goers believe that by simply viewing this thongdroel, they can be delivered from the cycle of birth and rebirth, which is the ultimate aim of Buddhism.