Festival Dates 2017

Bhutan festival dates 2017 is a calendar of festival events around the country. Bhutan festivals are based on the Bhutanese lunar calendar and the dates change from year to year. To have a proper idea of Bhutan festival dates 2017 and to choose the popular festival(s) you can write to us.

Festival dates 2017 calendar

Festival Place Dates
Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA 4th – 6th March
Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA 7th – 9th March
Chhorten Kora Trashiyangtse 11th April
Gomphu Kora Trashigang 4th – 6th April
Paro Tshechu Paro 7th – 11th April
Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha 9th to 11th April
Nimalung Tshechu (Chumi) Bumthang 1st to 3rd July
Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang 3rd July
Thimphu Drubchen Thimphu 26th to 29th September
Wangdue Tshechu Wangduephodrang 29th Sept to 2nd October
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Bumthang 29th Sept to 1st Oct
Thimphu Tshechu Thimphu 30th Sept to 2nd October
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang 14 – 173rd to 7th November
Prakhar Duchhoed Bumthang 4th to 6th November
Pemagatshel Tshech Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatsel 26 to 28 November
Mongar Tshechu Mongar 26th to 28 November
Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang 27 to 29 November
Nalakhar Tshechu Bumthang 3rd to 5th December
Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa 26 to 28 December
Lhuntse Tshechu Lhuntse 26 to 28 December

We haven’t mentioned small festivals celebrated in small villages in Bhutan. The one above are popular major festivals. Sometimes smaller festivals are preferred by some of our guest as these smaller festivals brings you closer to the small communities. It will be one to one interaction and involving directly with the locals. If you are interested in any of the small festivals write to us for details.

Festival popularity by number of visitors.

The most popular festivals in Bhutan are the below mentioned festivals.

  1. Paro festival . Held in spring in Paro this is the first festival with maximum number of tourists. This festival commemorates the Buddhist master Guru Rinpoche who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan. People in the valley celebrate this festival to get blessing and start a good year of plentiful time.
  2. Thimphu Festival. This festival is the most congregated festival. Most of the time Thimphu festival is attended by over 50,000 people from all over the country and tourists from different country.
  3. Jambay Lhakhang festival. Jambay Lhakhang festival is held in central Bhutan just before the start of winter in Bhutan. This festival is famous for a unique naked dance.
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    Folk dance performed during a festival in Bhutan

Best festival by variety.

Punakha festival in spring is the best festival according to us. Though its one of the best festivals very few tourists visit Bhutan during this festival. This festival displays some of the unique traditions of Bhutan and its popular for its traditional soldier’s dance.

New year festival

For ages Bhutanese new year is very special to all Bhutanese. This festivals is celebrated in spring. Any lucky outsider joining a family to celebrate this festival will enjoy it throughly. New year is the only time when all the family members come together to feast and pray for a good year ahead. People dress in their Sunday best and enjoy their day at home. Archery matches are organized between rival village teams and women sing and dance during the archery match.

Local religious festival.

Buddhist ritual are an integral part of Bhutanese culture. These small ritual are conducted in local homes from time to time to ward off evil and to bring good luck. This a very elaborate personal affair and most of the time only close neighbours and friends are invited.

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