Traditions & Festivals of Bhutan



Bhutan's festivals are renowned for their joyous celebrations, rich traditions, and captivating cultural narratives. Throughout the country, ancient Buddhist rituals and historic triumphs are brought to life, attracting visitors from all corners of the globe to experience the grand festivities and vibrant spectacles. Here is a selection of the festivals celebrated in Bhutan:

Thimphu Tshechu Festival

This grand celebration, Bhutan's largest, features mesmerizing mask dances and prayers for prosperity. Attendance is believed to bring good fortune.

Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival

Held in Bumthang, this festival showcases mask dances, a sacred fire ceremony, and the Dance of Treasure, aimed at blessing infertile women.

Wangdue Phodrang Tshechu Festival

The Lozey festival in Wangdue Phodrang is marked by captivating speeches, melodious songs, and traditional dances, including 'The Dance of Ox,' culminating in Guru Tshengye Thongdrol paintings.

Punakha Tshechu and Drubchen Festival

The Punakha Drubchen festival commemorates a 17th-century victory with locals donning traditional attire. The Punakha Tshechu was established to preserve Buddhism.

Paro Tshechu Festival

This five-day festival sees monks and laymen adorned in elaborate costumes dancing together. The highlight is the unveiling of the giant Thangka painting on the final day.

Matsutake Festival

Located in the Ura Valley, this festival celebrates the mushroom season with picking excursions and immersive experiences of local lifestyle.

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