Thimphu Tshechu in Thimphu in 2020

Thimphu Tshechu in Thimphu in 2020
Crowd at Tsechu festival Tashicho Dzong Image by Christopher J. Fynn , via Wikimedia Commons

  How long until Thimphu Tshechu?
This holiday next takes place in 9 days.
  Dates of Thimphu Tshechu in Thimphu
2022 Oct 5, Oct 6, Oct 7
Fri, Oct 7Regional Holiday (additional day)
Thu, Oct 6Regional Holiday (additional day)
Wed, Oct 5Regional Holiday
2021 Sep 17, Sep 18, Sep 19
Sun, Sep 19Regional Holiday (additional day)
Sat, Sep 18Regional Holiday (additional day)
Fri, Sep 17Regional Holiday
2020 Sep 27, Sep 28, Sep 29
Tue, Sep 29Regional Holiday (additional day)
Mon, Sep 28Regional Holiday (additional day)
Sun, Sep 27Regional Holiday
2019 Oct 8, Oct 9, Oct 10
Thu, Oct 10Regional Holiday (additional day)
Wed, Oct 9Regional Holiday (additional day)
Tue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
2018 Sep 19, Sep 20, Sep 21
Fri, Sep 21Regional Holiday (additional day)
Thu, Sep 20Regional Holiday (additional day)
Wed, Sep 19Regional Holiday
Tshechu are annual religious Bhutanese festivals held in each district of Bhutan

When is Thimphu Tshechu?

Thimpu Tshechu is a public holiday in Thimpu, Bhutan on the 10th day of the 8th month of the Bhutanese lunar calendar.

Tshechu are annual religious Bhutanese festivals held in each district of Bhutan on the 10th day of a lunar month. The tshechu for Bhutan's capital, Thimpu is an important three-day festival.

Traditions of Thimphu Drubchen

Thimphu Tsechu was initiated by the 4th Druk Desi (secular ruler of Bhutan), Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in the 17th century.  In the 1950s some changes were introduced in Thimphu Tshechu by the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Tshechus are popular and colourful events where the entire community comes together to watch religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialise. As well as the famous mask dances, tshechus also include colourful Bhutanese folk dances and other forms of entertainment.

As befits the largest city in Nepal, the Thimphu festival is very popular and thousands of people from all over Bhutan will visit during the three days of the festival. 

Thimphu Tshechu is held at Tendrel Thang, the grounds in front of Tashichhoedzong (Buddhist monastery). Buddhist monks perform the mask dances known as cham to bless onlookers, to teach them the Buddhist dharma, to protect them from misfortune and to exorcise all evil. It is believed that merit is gained by attending these festivals and it is expected that everyone attends a Tschechu to wash away their sins.

The sacred Thongdrol (image) of Guru Rinphoche (an 8th-century Buddhist master, venerated as a "second Buddha" in Tibetan Buddhism.) is unfurled early in the morning on the last day of Thimphu Tshechu to bring blessings to all who view it.

The tshechu is preceded by several days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods. It even has its own pre-festival, Thimphu Drupchen, which takes places three days before Thimpu Tschechu.

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