Bhutan Festivals Calendar 2020

Festivals in Bhutan are rich and happy expressions of its ancient Buddhist culture. Festivals are annually held in every Dzong (fortress) and monasteries, the most popular attraction for tourist. This is a series of dances in honor of Guru Rimpoche (who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 8th century) and many of the dances were established by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (who unified Bhutan in 17th century) or Pema Lingpa (Treasure Discoverer in 15th century).
The dances are performed by monks as well as lay people. The dancers take on the aspect of wrathful and compassionate deities, heroes, demons and animals. The dances known as “Cham”, bring blessing upon the onlookers, instruct them in the dharma (Buddhist teachings), protect them from misfortune and exorcise evil influences. Festival is also a yearly social gathering where the people rejoice together, dressed in their finest clothing and jewelry of coral and turquoise. The dates and the duration of the festivals vary from one district to another, but they always take place on or around the 10th day of month in the Bhutanese calendar.

NameTownStart DateEnd Date
Punakha DrubchenPunakhaMar 02, 2020Mar 04, 2020
Punakha TshechuPunakhaMar 05, 2020Mar 07, 2020
Chhorten KoraTrashi YangtseMar 09, 2020Mar 24, 2020
Tharpaling ThongdrolBumthangMar 09, 2020
Zhemgang TshechuZhemgangApr 01, 2020Apr 03, 2020
Talo TshechuPunakhaApr 01, 2020Apr 03, 2020
Gasa TshechuGasaApr 01, 2020Apr 03, 2020
GomphukoraTrashigangApr 01, 2020Apr 03, 2020
Paro TshechuParoApr 04, 2020Apr 08, 2020
Rhododendron FestivalThimphuApr 17, 2020Apr 19, 2020
Domkhar TshechuBumthangMay 02, 2020May 04, 2020
Ura YakchoeBumthangMay 04, 2020May 08, 2020
Nimalung TshechuBumthangJun 28, 2020Jun 30, 2020
Kurjey TshechuBumthangJun 30, 2020
Haa Summer FestivalHaa ValleyJul 11, 2020Jul 12, 2020
Mushroom FestivalThimphuAug 15, 2020Aug 16, 2020
Tour of the DragonBumthangSep 05, 2020
Thimphu DrubchenThimphuSep 22, 2020
Wangdue TshechuWangdue PhodrangSep 24, 2020Sep 26, 2020
Tamshing Phala ChhoepaBumthangSep 26, 2020Sep 28, 2020
Thimphu TshechuThimphuSep 26, 2020Sep 28, 2020
Gangtey TshechuWangdue PhodrangSep 29, 2020Oct 01, 2020
Thangbi ManiBumthangSep 30, 2020Oct 02, 2020
Jhomolhari Mountain FestivalThimphuOct 14, 2020Oct 15, 2020
Jakar TshechuBumthangOct 23, 2020Oct 27, 2020
Royal Highland FestivalGasaOct 23, 2020Oct 24, 2020
Chhukha TshechuChukhaOct 24, 2020Oct 26, 2020
Dechenphu TshechuThimphuOct 26, 2020
Jambay Lhakhang DrupBumthangOct 31, 2020Nov 03, 2020
Prakhar DuchhoedBumthangNov 01, 2020Nov 03, 2020
Bhutan Bird FestivalZhemgangNov 11, 2020Nov 13, 2020
Black Necked Crane FestivalWangdue PhodrangNov 11, 2020
Pemagatshel TshechuPemagatshelNov 21, 2020Nov 24, 2020
Trashigang TshechuTrashigangNov 22, 2020Nov 24, 2020
Mongar TshechuMongarNov 22, 2020Nov 24, 2020
Nalakhar TshechuBumthangNov 30, 2020Dec 02, 2020
Jambay Lhakhang Singye ChamBumthangNov 30, 2020
Druk Wangyel TshechuThimphuDec 13, 2020
Lhuentse TshechuLhuentseDec 23, 2020Dec 25, 2020
Trongsa TshechuTrongsaDec 23, 2020Dec 25, 2020
Nabji Lhakhang DrupTrongsaDec 29, 2020Dec 31, 2020

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