A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honor of the Buddhist saint Padmasambhava, who is popularly known as "Guru Rinpoche" and is responsible for the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. All of Guru Rinpoche’s great deeds are believed to have taken place on the 10th day of the month, which is the meaning of the word tsechu, and all tsechus do in fact take place/begin on 10th days. Tsechus attract hundreds of Bhutanese in a spirit of awe, blessing, festival and celebration. and it is one of the best ways to discover Bhutan's rich cultural heritage. Tsechus come to life with color, music, dance, and theater as people gather to witness mask dances and other sacred rituals. Most of them are performed by monks in elaborate, colorful costumes bringing blessings to the audience and instruct them in the Buddhist Dharma. There are various tsechus held in temples, dzongs, and monasteries throughout the year.
If you do not see the festival you would like to attend, please contact us. The culture of Bhutan. In our festival tours, we have featured some of the popular tsechus in western and central Bhutan. These tours also include visits to dzongs, temples, palaces, monasteries, markets, farms, and museums. All of our tour programs are flexible and can be customized to suit your needs and add to your Bhutanese experience.