Tshechus

Tshechus

Anushri Birla Noida "We arrived in Paro the Saturday of the festival. It was our first destination in Bhutan. Wow - what a wonderful way to start our tour of this fantastic country! Although there were heaps of people, the Bhutanese are so polite and civil, there was not a feeling of overcrowding. The locals wear their best traditional outfits, a beautiful scene. Just lots of colour, happy families having picnics, joyous faces, no vendors or stalls trying to sell wares. The dancers were mesmerising and well worth the short walk to the dance area. As for traffic, our guides had no problem in transporting us to lunch and onto Thimphu. Wholeheartedly recommended!".

Bhutan holds annual festivals called Tshechu on the 10th day of the month, as per the lunar Tibetan calendar in each district (or dzongkhag), with the month varying as per each dzongkhag.

The Thimphu tshechu and the Paro tshechu are among the biggest of the festivals by way of participation and audience.

The locals believe that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. The Cham dances are the most integral elements of the tshechus. The dancers don colorful costumes and masks, while the dances are largely in the spirit of moral vignettes. Incidents are enacted from the life of Padmasambhava, a 9th century Nyingma teacher and other saints.

Monks perform these dances in the monasteries, while common village men join them in the remote villages.

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