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Thimphu Tshechu - Colorful Festival



30th September – 2nd October, 2017
Come experience the fascinating, colorful Tsechus or religious festivals. From the mask dances to the unfurling of the Thongdrels, be prepared to be mesmerized.

One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu which is held annually at the grounds of the Tashicho Dzong (fortress) for three days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar (30th September – 2nd October, 2017). The Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people- Bhutanese and foreigners and it is the most popular festivals in the autumn season. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.

Monks and Laymen perform mask dances such as the Zhana chham and the Zhana Nga chham (Dances of the 21 Black Hats), Durdag (Dance of the Lords of the Cremation Ground), and the Tungam chham (Dance of the Terrifying Deities). Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru), and Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) are enjoyed because they are similar to stage-theater.

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