Sacred Festivals of Bhutan - Punakha Tshechu
Posted on: Jan 11, 2019
Availability: From: 2019-01-11 | To: 2019-02-17
Posted By: Terma Linca Journeys
This 9 day 8 night program is part of series – “the Sacred Festivals of Bhutan” that centers around festivals that happen during different part of years in different regions of Bhutan. This particular one is around Punakha Tshechu.
The ancient festivals of Bhutan called the ‘tshechus‘ (meaning the ‘tenth day’) are considered sacred since they not only celebrate the life of Guru Rimpoche (known to have appeared on a tenth day of lunar calendar), but also the advent of Buddhist faith in Bhutan and its various milestones.
These festivals conducted and performed by the monks, are also a medium that is used to pass spiritual messages to laity through mask dances or ‘Cham‘ which is best described as ‘mystical plays’
The sacred festival in Punakha also celebrate the father of statehood of Bhutan and its unification – the Zhabdrung and enacts some century old battle scenes showing how some forces that opposed the country were overcome. For more details of the festival, detailed itinerary and service options, contact us.
Places: Paro, Phobjikha/ Gangtey, Thimphu,
Highlights: Punakha Festival, Phobjikha valley, Big Buddha, Punakha Dzong