Posted on: May 9, 2022

Availability: From: 2022-10-18 | To: 2022-10-28

Posted By: Truly Bhutan

The Festivals in Bhutan is a joyous affair for families. Tshechus dedicated to Guru Rinpoche is celebrated for several days; this is the time when everyone attends them together, from toddlers to old men and women.

The highlight is the unveiling of the Thongdroel before the break of dawn, this massive scroll of the Guru is unfurled only once a year and is believed to be a blessing just to have seen it. Then there are the classical religious dances that tell the story of judgment day afterlife. Each dance has its own spiritual importance and can be performed by monks or lay village elders dressed in bright costumes.

The masked and sword dances and other rituals are performed in the courtyard and temples of the dzong. Most of the dances date back from before the Middle Ages and are only performed once or twice each year. In a few dzongs, two large festivals take place each year; a Dromchoe which is dedicated to Yeshe Gompo or Palden Lhamo, the two main protective deities of the Drukpas.