bhutan fEstival calendar

Bhutan Festival Calendar

Bhutan or the land of Thunder Dragon richly and happily celebrates its ancient Buddhist culture through colorful mask dances. Most of the festivals are held in honor of Guru Rinpoche which falls on 10th of Lunar Bhutan Festival Calendar. Your visit to Bhutan is incomplete if you cannot participate in one of the Bhutan Festivals. So check out the Bhutan Festival date for 2024 so you can add at least one of the festivals in your Bhutan Tour Itinerary.
Bhutan Festival or Tshechu, the festival of mask dances, is one of the most vibrant legacies of Bhutan’s intangible cultural gems that dates back to as far as the 8th century. An Indian saint Guru Padmasambhava or Lotus-born , who is credited to have brought Tantric form of Buddhism in the country , is the propagator of these colorful mask dances.
The mask dance festivals are available throughout the year. So you can always check the Bhutan Festival Calendar below and try to add one in your Bhutan Tour Package.
The mask dance festivals celebrate the offset of the harvest season, meaning the barns are full and the skies sunny, or just before the dawn of a new spring season that precedes the bloom and color. The mask dance festival is celebrated as annual event throughout all 20 districts in the country and 3-5 days affair of Bhutan Festival Calendar date generally concludes with the unfurling of the Thongdrel , giant Buddhist applique, that are displayed only once in a year and is associated with bringing joy and fulfillment in one’s lives.
Things To Do in Bhutan Festival
Bhutanese festivals are a big attraction for solo travelers as well as for families. Especially during these festivals every Bhutanese coming for celebration wear their finest clothes. You too can try out Bhutanese Dress (Gho and Kira) and join the locals. You can also pack picnic lunches and stay all day at the festivals.
Detail View of Bhutan Festival Calendar 2024
A detailed view of the Bhutan festival Calendar is below. Try to include one of the festivals in your itinerary if possible so you can Enjoy Bhutan Cultural extravaganza.

FestivalPlace Date
Punakha DrubchenPunakha Dzong, Punakha16th - 18th Feb
Punakha TshechuPunakha Dzong, Punakha19th - 21st Feb
Tharpaling ThongdrolTharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang24th Feb
GomphukoraGom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang17th - 19th March
Talo TshechuTalo Gonpa, Punakha17th - 19th March
Gasa TshechuGasa Dzong, Gasa17th - 19th March
Zhemgang TshechuZhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang17th - 19th March
Paro TshechuRinpung Dzong, Paro21st - 25th March (Thongdral on last day)
Chhorten KoraChorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe25th March & 8th April
Rhododendron FestivalLamperi Botanical Park, Thimphu13th - 14th April
Domkhar TshechuDomkhar, Chumi, Bumthang18th - 20th April
Ura YakchoeUra Lhakhang, Bumthang20th - 24th April
Nimalung TshechuNimalung Dratshang, Chumi, Bumthang14th - 16th June
Kurjey TshechuKurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang16th June
Tour of the Dragon (Mountain Bike Race)Bumthang to Thimphu2nd Sept
Thimphu DrubchenTashi Chhodzong, Thimphu9th Sept
Wangdue TshechuWangduephodrang11th - 13th Sept
Tamshing Phala ChhoepaTamshing Lhakhang, Bumthang13th - 15th Sept
Thimphu TshechuTashi Chhodzong, Thimphu13th - 15th Sept
Gangtey TshechuGangtey Gonpa, Wangduephodrang16th - 18th Sept (Thongdral on last day)
Thangbi ManiTangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang18th - 19th Sept
Jhomolhari Mountain FestivalDangochong, Thimphu14th - 15th Oct
Chhukha TshechuChhukha Dzong, Chhukha9th to 11th Nov
Jakar TshechuJakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang10th - 12th Nov
Jambay Lhakhang DrupJambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang15th – 18th Nov
Prakhar DuchhoedPrakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang16th - 18th Nov
Dechenphu TshechuDechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu11th Nov
Black Necked Crane FestivalGangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang11th Nov
Mongar TshechuMongar Dzong, Mongar8th - 10th Dec
Trashigang TshechuTrashigang Dzong, Trashigang9th - 11th Dec
Jambay Lhakhang Singye ChamJambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang15th Dec
Pemagatshel TshechuPemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel9th - 11th Nov (Thongdral on last day)
Nalakhar TshechuNgaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang15th - 17th Dec
Druk Wangyel TshechuDouchula, Thimphu13th Dec
Trongsa TshechuTrongsa Dzong, Trongsa9th to 11th Jan, 2025 (Thongdral on last day)
Lhuentse TshechuLhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse8th to 10th Jan, 2025 (Thongdrol on Last Day)
Nabji Lhakhang DrupNabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa15th - 16th Dec
Samdrupjongkhar TshechuSamdrupjongkhar11th to 13th Jan, 2025 (Thongdrol on Last Day)