Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “Tenth Day” held annually in various temples, monasteries, and Dzongs throughout the Nation.
The Tshechu is a spiritual event celebrated on the tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However, the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.
Tshechus are grand events where entire local communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings from high Lama. In addition to the mask dances, tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertaining.
It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their past sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In Temple, the mask dances are done by monks and in remote villages, they are performed jointly by monks and local community men.
Three of the most popular Tshechus in the country are the Paro, Punakha and Thimphu Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals, many visitors from across the world are attracted to these unique, exciting and thrilling displays of traditional and culture of Bhutan.
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