Festivals in Bhutan


Many visitors come to Bhutan to witness religious festivals held annually in Dzongs throughout the country. The most popular are those held in Thimpu, Paro & Bumthang. The Dzongs come to life with colour, music & dancing as valley dwellers and towns folk join together to exercise evil spirits and rejoice in a new harvest. Rare masked & sword dances and other rituals are performed in the Dzong’s courtyards & temples. Most of the dances date back to the middle ages and are only performed once or twice each year.


Festivals
Month
Place
Punakha Festival
February
Punakha
Chorten Kora
March
Tashi Yangtse
Gom Kora
March
Tashi Yangtse
Chukka Festival
March
Chimakoti
Paro Festival
March
Paro
Ura Yakchoe
April
Bumthang
Kurjey Festival
Bumthang
Thimphu Domche
October
Thimphu
Thimphu Tshechu
October
Thimphu
Wangdi Tshechu
September-October
Wangdi Phodrang
Tamshing Phala Chodpa
October
Bumthang
Tangbi Mani (Bumthang)
October
Bumthang
Jambay Lhakhang Drub
November
Bumthang
Jakar Tshechu
Bumthang
Trashigang Festival
December
Tashigang
Mongar Tshechu
December
Mongar
Trongsa Festival
Trongsa
Lhuntsi Festival
Lhuntsi