Tshechus, literally means the 10th day of the Bhutanese calendar when the festival begins, is one of the most celebrated religious festivals. Tshechus are performed mostly in the courtyards of the Dzongs, temples and monasteries and runs continuously for three to five consecutive days. Different places celebrate in different months. You will witness a colourful display of varied mask dances performed by highly skilled artists who transform themselves into different deities. Each of these performances holds significance of many myths and mystical glory of the past and commemorates the life of Guru Padmasambhava, who is also known as Guru Rinpoche, the whisperer of Buddhism in Bhutan. Tshechus conclude with the grand unfurling of a Throngdrel, the large scroll painting of Guru Rinpoche, Zhabdrung and Lord Buddha.
It is believed that people attending this festival will cleanse their sins and get blessings. Therefore, it attracts a big crowd of people with deep faith from the community who come dressed in finest traditional costumes of most intricate designs and colours. This is the opportunity for them to exhibit themselves in the best of their attire and pay homage to Guru Rinpoche. The whole show becomes a beautiful tapestry with enchanting spells. The occasion is a valid testimony of Bhutan’s unique tradition and rich cultural heritage.
Besides Tshechus there are also numerous local festivals celebrated in most native styles which gives us the opportunity to peep into local beliefs and faiths.
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Jambay Lhakhang Drup is a 11 days tour package for visitors who wish to witness the most spectacular festival in the country that lasts for four days, Jambay Lhakhang Drub. You will also enjoy spectacular landscapes, numerous sites of historic monuments and temples with ancient Bhutanese art and architecture and take pleasure in sightseeing having glimpses of Bhutanese people, lifestyles, indigenous practices and food. It is going to be quite tiring but very exciting. Jambay Lhakhang, where the festival is held, is one of the oldest temples of Bhutan located in Bumthang, the spiritual heart of the Kingdom. It was founded by Songtsen Gambo, a Tibetan King in the 7th century AD. The festival is known for two significant events; ‘Mewang’ is a fire blessing ceremony where the locals run underneath huge flames of fire with burning debris falling on their heads. If you are witnessing the festival closely, be cautious of the people in trance playing with fire and avoid the rushing crowd. The other event is the infamous ‘Tercham’ or the dance of treasure. It is a unique, the only kind of mask dance in Bhutan performed by professionals completely nude. It is performed at night around a bonfire and is believed that this particular dance is meant to bless biologically impotent women so that they beget children.
8 days tour package of Paro Tshechu is carefully planned for all visitors who is interested to witness one of the biggest festivals in the Bhutanese calendar. This package will also allow you to fulfill more of your desire to experience Bhutanese culture, tradition, people, food, arts, architecture and nature. Your trip will commence from Paro to Thimphu to Punakha and back to Paro. Your trip also includes a hike to Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) in Paro, the most popular tourist destination. Paro tshechu is one of the biggest such festivals in the Bhutanese calendar. It has been held annually since the 17th century when Zhanbdrung the founder of the state of Bhutan, and Penlop Rigzin Nyingpo initiated the festival together with the consecration of Paro Dzong in 1644. The festival is observed in three parts- the pre-festival rituals on the first day, ceremonies on the second day inside the paro dzong and the main festival at the festival ground for three days. Bhutanese from all walks of life in their finery come to attend the five-day festival.
Gangtey Tshechu is a 7 Nights/8 Days tour package arranged for visitors whose interest is to witness the grand annual festival of Gangtey Gonpa in Phobjikha in Wangduephodrang. You can witness varieties of rare mask dances and sword dances where professional artists perform wrathful and compassionate act of deities, demons, heroes and animals. Villagers gather in the temple from around the valley in their finest traditional clothes. This is the testimony of our undying culture. You will also enjoy spectacular landscapes, numerous sites of historic monuments and temples with ancient Bhutanese art and architecture and take pleasure in sightseeing to have glimpses of Bhutanese people, lifestyles, indigenous practices and food. It is going to be quite busy but very exciting.
Thimphu Tshechu is a six day tour package that allows you to witness the most significant annual festival of Thimphu the capital of Bhutan. It is celebrated with inordinate pomp of powerful display of colorful and extraordinary mask dances unfolding Bhutan's long preserved tradition and culture. The arena would be crammed with thousands of people from around the valley presenting themselves in best of their traditional outfits which are mostly bright and richly designed with intricate patterns. The whole show becomes a beautiful tapestry with enchanting spells. The occasion is a valid testimony of Bhutan's unique tradition and rich cultural heritage. The trip takes you through three prime districts of Bhutan. You will enjoy spectacular landscapes, many historical sites of sacred monuments and temples and iconic structures with ancient Bhutanese art and architecture. Also, there are occasions for you to take insights of Bhutanese people, lifestyles, indigenous practices and food.