Yonphula Tshechu

Ugyen Dongag Chokhorling Lhakhang, Ypnphula Trashigang, Bhutan

Domkhar Tshechu

Domkhar community Lhakhang, Chumi Bumthang, Bhutan

Domkhar Tshechu is conducted at Domkar Lhundrup Choling Monastery, situated in Chumey Valley within the Bumthang district. Founded by Lama Kuenkhen Longchen Rabjam in the 16th century, this festival is an annual event and features sacred dances such as the black hat dance, the Three Ging, and the Drummers of Drametse. The special Peling Chams dance, a composition of Terton Pema Lingpa, is also performed. On the festival's final day, a large Thongdrol is displayed to bestow blessings upon the people of Domkhar village.

Ura Yakchoe

Ura Makrong Village Bumthang, Bhutan

Ura Valley, situated in Bumthang, is renowned for its distinctive Ura Yakcho dance. This traditional mask and folk dance are showcased annually in Apr/May during a festival. Additionally, a sacred relic is exhibited for people to receive blessings. The festival is a local celebration in the Ura Valley, dedicated to fostering joy, bountiful harvests, and prosperity for both the villages and the entire nation. Ura Yakchoe is popular with our guests.

Nimalung Tshechu

Nimalung Dratshang, Chumey Bumthang, Bhutan

The Nimalung Festival is conducted at Nimalung Lhakhang, situated in Chumey within the Bumthang region. This Tshechu is an annual event, taking place in the 5th month of the Bhutanese calendar. A remarkable highlight is the display of a colossal 9-meter-wide Thongdrol of Guru Rimpoche, which not only evokes awe but is also believed to purify the sins of all who gaze upon it. Throughout the Tshechu, a series of vibrant and mesmerizing mask dances are performed.

Kurjey Tshechu

Kurje Lhakhang Bumthang, Bhutan

Kurjey Tshechu, also known as the Kurjey Festival, is celebrated in Bumthang at Kurjey Lhakhang, which consists of three temples located in Chokhor Valley. This annual festival occurs in July. The oldest temple, established by Lama Minjur Tempa, dates back to 1652, while the second temple was constructed by Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuk in 1900. The third temple, built by Queen Mother Ashi Kezang Choden Wangchuk, was completed in 1990.

Azhey Lhamo

Ura / Shingkhar Bumthang, Bhutan

In the heart of Bhutan's Bumthang District, a remarkable tradition unfolds exclusively among the women of Ura village. Embarking on a three-day spiritual journey, these women ascend the mountain overlooking Ura, their dance steps echoing through the dawn. Their purpose: to invite the local deities to a grand celebration, seeking blessings for bountiful harvests and favorable weather. This unique ritual, deeply rooted in Ura's cultural tapestry, stands as a testament to the enduring power of female empowerment and spiritual devotion.

Thimphu Drubchen

Trashichhoedzong Thimphu, Bhutan

In the vibrant capital of Bhutan, Thimphu, a unique religious festival known as Thimphu Drubchen takes center stage, preceding the grand spectacle of Thimphu Tshechu. This is held over three days before Tshechu and is a deeply rooted tradition that has captivated both locals and visitors for centuries. However, the 2nd day is considered the most important. The origins of Thimphu Drubchen can be traced back to the early 18th century, when Kuenga Gyeltshen, the first reincarnation of Jampel Dorji and son of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel, introduced it. According to legend, Kuenga Gyeltshen witnessed the deity Palden Lhamo performing sacred dances while he was in meditation. Inspired by this divine vision, he initiated the Drubchen ceremony. The heart of Thimphu Drubchen lies in its mesmerizing mask dances, performed by monks and dedicated to Palden Lhamo, the protector deity of Bhutan. These dances, believed to possess the power to ward off…

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