Tshechu Duration: 5days
Event date: 17th -21st March 2019
Event location: Paro Dzong
Paro Tsechu is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. Featuring dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes, Tsechus (festivals) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. The Paro Tshechu is celebrated for 5 days in honour of Guru Rinpoche, commemorating his great deeds. As such the programs include numerous mask dances depicting goods triumph over evil; each dance goes in the form of storytelling depicting the events. The Tshechu starts on the 10th day of the second lunar month. The flawlessly executed sacred event is the culmination of the dedication and years of hard work the monks put in to master the nuances of performing a masked dance. These sacred dances are believed to invoke deities. The monks perform the dance wearing colourful silk brocade and ferocious mask. The event encapsulates the essence of the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan and its culture.
The Paro Tshechu is held in the open courtyard with the backdrop of the majestic Paro Dzong. It is a spiritual and a social event where community members congregate dressed ostentatiously which is part of the tradition. Locals believe that one gains merits attending such events. Tshechu is also considered a theatrical presentation about the afterlife and hence the event is highly revered.
The Tshechu end with the worship of a huge appliqué thanka representing Guru Rinpoche and his eight manifestations on silk Thangka – which is so large, it covers the face of an entire building and is considered one of the most sacred blessings in the whole of Bhutan. The ‘Thangka, known in Bhutan as a ‘thongdroel’ is a religious picture scroll and is only exhibited for a few hours at daybreak on the final day of the festival enabling the people to obtain its blessing. This holy scroll “confers liberation by the mere sight of it” (the meaning of the word ‘thongdroel’ in Bhutanese).
For locals, aside from its religious significance, the festivals are occasions for seeing people, and for being seen; for social exchanges, family gathering and for flaunting their success. People bring out their finest clothes, their most beautiful jewels; it is a great socializing platform.
Customise/add more sightseeing places, Hiking/trekking and other activities on your Paro Tshechu trip to make your trip the most memorable.
Unlike other tours itinerary package, we do not design readymade tour package for Festival tour program, instead, we’ll help you to customise your own tour program mainly depending on your available number of days you want to spend and which areas you wanted to cover besides Tshechu festival. This is because we understand that every traveller is different, some may like to spend their entire holidays in witnessing Tshechu while some would prefer to attend for only 2 days at Tshechu and spend the remaining days in exploring other activities. Hence, we don’t want to run your holidays rather we would love to hear from you and design your holidays which will suit you perfectly. Therefore whether you are a solo traveller, a couple, group of friends or a large group, we are here to help you open the doors to your Himalayan dream according to your taste.
To help you in designing of your festival trip we had provided (click here for customising) a detail information on the various tourist attraction sightseeing spots and hiking & trekking areas which you may want to experience along with the travel distance column. Most of the Tsechu and festival last for minimum 3 days, so we suggest you that, you could spend at least two days to witness Tshechu and spend your remaining holidays period in the sightseeing, trekking and doing other activities. For example; Paro Tshechu consist of total 5 days, so you may either attend the first opening 2 days or last closing 2 days and spend the remaining days on exploring & hiking Thimphu, Paro and Travel to Punakha for sightseeing.