The Kingdom of Bhutan - Tshechu Festivals
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a colorful bright country with a strong native culture.
One of the main parts of their native culture is the Tshechus. Tshechu is a religious festival held in temples, monasteries, and dzongs around the county. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the month.
According to the Tourism Council of Bhutan, a key element of the celebrations are the religious mask, dances, and other forms of entertainment. It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and watch the mask dances to receive blessings and get rid of their sins. The masks and dances tell stories from history. People wear their finest clothing and pack lunch to travel to watch these performances. They honor Guru Rimpoche, a deity of the area.
The Mongar Tshechu is held every November. It is a three day celebration held in the eastern Bhutan area, called “Bastion of the Zhongarps' ' which played a role in the history of the country. Tshanglas and the Kurtoeps are the main groups in Mongar, famous for wood cravings.
There are Tshechu celebrations and traditions vary throughout the region. Locals from Trashigang and Lhuentse districts travel for the Mongar Tshechus.
There are many Tshechu celebrations across the Kingdom of Bhutan, showcasing the local culture.
At Stepping Out Adventures, we celebrate and showcase different cultures and countries around the world. While travel is limited during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hosting virtual events to Rwanda on November 29, 2020. Furthermore, we are planning a trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan in the future. Stay tuned for updates about future trips!