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Bhutan


Known to the locals as "Druk Yul" or "Land of the Thunder Dragon", Bhutan has three ethnic groups which makes its variety in culture fascinating.

Those groups are the Bhutia, the Nepalese, and the Sharchop, and they live together peacefully. The Bhutia and Sharcop share the religion of Tibetan Buddhism. As for the Nepalese,

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Events - Bhutan

February
Punakha Drubchen
Held annually in Bhutan, Punakha Drubchen festival commemorates Bhutanese victories over the Tibetans. It takes place in Punakha Dzong, the ancient capital of Bhutan. Classification:
Punakha valley, Bhutan

Punakha Tshechu
Punakha Tshechu, also known as Thimphu Festival, occurs in two parts: The Thimphu Lhamoi Dromche and the Thimphu Tshechu. The Thimphu Lhamoi Dromche takes place a few days before the Thimphu Tshechu.
Punakha valley, Bhutan

Tharpaling Thongdrol
Held annually at Tharpaling Monastery, this festival primarily involves displaying a giant thongdrol (appliqué silk work with Buddhist images) and is preceded by prayers and ceremonies.
Tharpaling, Bhutan

Lhamoi Dromche
Lhamoi Dromche is dedicated to Palden Lhamo, the female protecting deity of Bhutan. Classification:
Lhamoi, Bhutan

Punakha Drupchen
Similar to Punakha Drubchen, this festival is held annually in Bhutan to commemorate Bhutanese victories over the Tibetans, taking place in Punakha Dzong, the ancient capital of Bhutan.
Punakha, Bhutan

Tangsibi Mani
Tangsibi Mani is held at Tangsibi Tashiling Lhakhang in Tangsibi village in Ura gewog in Bumthang. The festival has roots tracing back to Tibetan Treasure discoverer (Terton) Sherab Mebar, who visited Bhutan and settled at the site.
Tangsibi, Bhutan


March
Bhutan International Marathon
Bhutan International Marathon is an international marathon event organized by the Bhutan Olympic Committee. The race covers a full marathon and a half marathon, starting from Gasa and ending in Punakha.
Punakha, Bhutan

Gomphukora
"Bhutan, often referred to as the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon,' is celebrated for its vibrant festivals that highlight the nation's cultural richness. Immerse yourself in these colorful celebrations when you visit Bhutan. While the specific festival dates are subject to change based on the annual calendar, we've compiled a list of tentative Bhutan festival dates to assist in your trip planning. Please keep in mind that it's crucial to contact us for final confirmation, as festival dates may occasionally change or events could be canceled without prior notice."
Trashigang, Bhutan

Talo Tshechu
Talo Tshechu is an annual festival that has been held for more than 300 years. It's a time for villagers and families to come together to uphold traditional values and celebrate togetherness. The festival is well known for its mask dances and the atsara (clown) dances.
Talo,Punakha, Bhutan

Gasa Tshechu
Gasa Tshechu is the biggest festival held in the small district of Gasa in northwest Bhutan, home to highlander communities. The festival features several mask and folk dances that have deep meaning and are performed by monks and laymen alike.
Gasa, Bhutan

Paro Tshechu
Paro Tshechu is one of the most popular religious dance festivals in Bhutan. It features dances beautifully performed by trained monks and laymen wearing amazing masks and costumes.
Paro, Bhutan


April
Rhododendron festival
Rhododendron festival festival takes place once the Rhododendron has bloomed on Călimani mountain peaks. This plant, which grows at high altitudes, forms spectacular natural tapestries for two weeks.
Lampelri Botanical Garden,Dochula, Bhutan

Domkhar Tshechu
Domkhar Tshechu is a three-day festival that includes chams and dances performed by the local people of Domkhar village. The chams include mainly the Peling Chams (composition of Terton Pema Lingpa). On the last day of the festival, the lhakhang displays large thongdrols to bless the people of Domkhar village.
Chumi,Bumthang, Bhutan


August
Masutaki Mushroom festival
Masutaki Mushroom festival is a two-day festival designed to raise awareness among locals and showcase the rich variety of mushrooms. It takes place in the enchanting allure of the Genekha district.
Ura,Bumthang, Bhutan


September
Tour of the Dragon-Bicycle Race
Tour of the Dragon-Bicycle Race is one of the most challenging one-day events in the world. The race covers 268Km across Himalayan Landscape as it takes cyclists from eastern Bhutan to western Bhutan.
Bumthang-Thimphu, Bhutan

Wangdue Tshechu
Wangdue Tshechu festival is observed for three days in the autumn season and is well known for the Raksha Mangcham or the dance of the Ox. Many different kinds of mask dances are performed during the festival.
Wangduephodrang, Bhutan


October
Jhomolhari Mountain Festival
Jhomolhari Mountain Festival is an annual two-day event that takes place at the picturesque base of Jomolhari. The festival celebrates the harmonious co-existence between highlanders and snow leopards.
Dangochang (Jhomolhari Base Camp), Bhutan

Jambay Lhakhang Drup
Jambay Lhakhang Drup is a four-day festival held to commemorate the building of Jambay Lhakhang temple and in honor of Guru Rinpoche, who consecrated the temple. The festival features masked dances and other ceremonies.
Choekor,Bumthang, Bhutan



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