Festivals 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 occasions. 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.

Tentative Festival Dates

Name Town Start Date End Date
Punakha Drubchen Punakha Mar 02, 2020 Mar 04, 2020
Punakha Tshechu Punakha Mar 05, 2020 Mar 07, 2020
Chhorten Kora Trashi Yangtse Mar 09, 2020 Mar 24, 2020
Tharpaling Thongdrol Bumthang Mar 09, 2020
Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Apr 01, 2020 Apr 03, 2020
Talo Tshechu Punakha Apr 01, 2020 Apr 03, 2020
Gasa Tshechu Gasa Apr 01, 2020 Apr 03, 2020
Gomphukora Trashigang Apr 01, 2020 Apr 03, 2020
Paro Tshechu Paro Apr 04, 2020 Apr 08, 2020
Rhododendron Festival Thimphu Apr 17, 2020 Apr 19, 2020
Domkhar Tshechu Bumthang May 02, 2020 May 04, 2020
Ura Yakchoe Bumthang May 04, 2020 May 08, 2020
Nimalung Tshechu Bumthang Jun 28, 2020 Jun 30, 2020
Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang Jun 30, 2020
Haa Summer Festival Haa Valley Jul 11, 2020 Jul 12, 2020
Mushroom Festival Thimphu Aug 15, 2020 Aug 16, 2020
Tour of the Dragon Bumthang Sep 05, 2020
Thimphu Drubchen Thimphu Sep 22, 2020
Wangdue Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang Sep 24, 2020 Sep 26, 2020
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Bumthang Sep 26, 2020 Sep 28, 2020
Thimphu Tshechu Thimphu Sep 26, 2020 Sep 28, 2020
Gangtey Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang Sep 29, 2020 Oct 01, 2020
Thangbi Mani Bumthang Sep 30, 2020 Oct 02, 2020
Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Thimphu Oct 14, 2020 Oct 15, 2020
Jakar Tshechu Bumthang Oct 23, 2020 Oct 27, 2020
Royal Highland Festival Gasa Oct 23, 2020 Oct 24, 2020
Chhukha Tshechu Chukha Oct 24, 2020 Oct 26, 2020
Dechenphu Tshechu Thimphu Oct 26, 2020
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang Oct 31, 2020 Nov 03, 2020
Prakhar Duchhoed Bumthang Nov 01, 2020 Nov 03, 2020
Bhutan Bird Festival Zhemgang Nov 11, 2020 Nov 13, 2020
Black Necked Crane Festival Wangdue Phodrang Nov 11, 2020
Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Nov 21, 2020 Nov 24, 2020
Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Nov 22, 2020 Nov 24, 2020
Mongar Tshechu Mongar Nov 22, 2020 Nov 24, 2020
Nalakhar Tshechu Bumthang Nov 30, 2020 Dec 02, 2020
Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Bumthang Nov 30, 2020
Druk Wangyel Tshechu Thimphu Dec 13, 2020
Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dec 23, 2020 Dec 25, 2020
Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dec 23, 2020 Dec 25, 2020
Nabji Lhakhang Drup Trongsa Dec 29, 2020 Dec 31, 2020