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Bhutan Festivals

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If you wish to witness a Festival in Bhutan,then it is advised to book your Bhutan Tour as early as possible,as during festival time,there is a rush and it is difficult to get a Hotel booking or Bhutan flight tickets.

There are TWO Types of Festivals in Bhutan, ONE is the “Tsechu” which is religious, and TWO is the Nature and Local Festivals like the Rhododendron Festival, Matsutake Mushroom Festival, The “Takin” Festival(Takin is the National Animal of Bhutan), The Black Necked Crane Festival and The Nomads Festival.

The Meaning For Bhutan Festivals or Tshechus.

Bhutan Festival known as “Tshechus” in Bhutanese is a festival that honors Guru Pasmasambhava “the one who was born from a lotus”. The dates and duration of the Festivals vary from district to district but is always commemorated on the 10th day of the Bhutanese calander.

During Tshechus,the dances are performed by the Lamas,monks and the laymen. One witnessing the festival is said to gain merit and receive blessings. Festivals in Bhutan are attended by the Tourists to Bhutan and its a social occassion where the locals gather dressed in their best attir and ornaments.

Bhutan Festivals are one of the occasions where travelers and tourists to Bhutan want to witness. Some want to see the unique culture and traditions that Bhutan is so strongly engraved in, and some want to just experience the sacredness of the festivals. What ever be the reason, for the Bhutanese People, this is an annual occasion where all family members and friends come together to witness the festivals, same as in olden days, where people got dressed in their best traditional attires and jewellery and received the blessings and believed with great faith that their human souls would be liberated.

The word, TSECHU, is derived from the Dzongkha terms for date (tse) and the number 10 (chutham). Appropriately, a tsechu is conducted on and around the auspiscious tenth day of a selected month (according to the lunar calendar), once every year.

Like festivals everywhere the world over, a tsechu is a social affair. Populaces gather at the local dzong or lhakhang in the Western equivalent of their Sunday best with packed lunches and make merry. It is important to remember that a tsechu is essentially a religious affair. That is why the high-points of such festivals are the masked dances that monks perform according to steps meticulously choreographed by Buddhist masters in the distant past. Following narrative structures, these dances are loaded with religious symbolism that the non-Bhutanese will find hard to comprehend without a guide’s explanation.

The numbing clash and blend of colours as well as the symphony of traditional gongs, horns, cymbals and drums, however, make tsechus especially memorable auditory and visual experiences. For the Bhutanese, though, no tsechu is complete without atsaras (clowns). Performing seemingly lewd but symbolically philosophical antics, these clowns pass on divine blessings and ensure that smiles and laughs do not run short.

The best known tsechus are those of Paro and Punakha, which are held in the spring, and that of Thimphu, which is held in the fall. As these are the most popular traveling seasons, visitors may see other camera-sporting tourists, some much too eager to encroach upon performers’ space. While the generally polite Bhutanese may not admonish such tresspassing, respectful behavior more appropriate to religious occasions will go better appreciated.

For Festival Tour bookings contact Bhutan Jewel Travel at the earliest.

Happy Festival Time in Bhutan. 

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