One of the largest festivals is the Thimphu Tsechu in the capital. It is held on auspicious days and month in the Bhutanese calendar and last upto four days The Tsechu or Festival is in honor of Padmasambhava-
“One who was born from a lotus flower,” popularly known under the name “Guru Rimpoche,” the Precious Teacher. The Tsechus are a rich form of the oral history tradition where the Bhutanese pass on values, mythology and spiritual beliefs through the dance dramas. Behind the scenes, the monks prepare for weeks ahead of the festival, involved in deep prayer and meditation.
Day 1 THIMPHU TSHECHU (B/L/D)
Dance of the four stags (Shacham)
Dance of the Three Kinds of Ging (with sticks, swords and drums)
Dance of the Heroes (Pacham)
Dance of the Stag and the Hounds (Shawa Shachi)
Dance of the Guitar (Dranyen Cham)
DAY 2 THIMPHU TSHECHU (B/L/D)
During Tsechus, the dance is performed by monks as well as laymen. Tsechu is a religious festival and by attending one you gain merit.
Bhutanese from all different walks of life gather to pay respect and to be blessed. Locals dressed in their finest clothes and jewelry attend this celebration. Here we can truly appreciate the essence of Bhutanese people and a preserved steadfast culture.
Visit the local weekend market where the vendors from nearby villages come here to sell their produce
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Dance of the 21 Black Hats (Shana)
Dance of the 21 Black hats with Drums (Shana Nga Cham)
Keycham (Accompaniment dancers)
Dance of the Nobleman and the Ladies (Phole Mole)
Dance of the 16 Drum Beaters from Dramitse (Dramitse Ngacham)
Dance of the Stag and the Hound (Shawa Shachi)