Bhutan festival dates are based on lunar calendar. The central feature of every tshechu is the cham dancing.
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The thimphu tsechu was established by the 4th temporal ruler tenzing rabgye 1638 1696 in 1670 on the 8th month of bhutanese calendar to commemorate the birth of guru rinpoche.
Thimphu tshechu in bhutan. It is mainly a religious event celebrated on the 10th day of the month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of guru padmasambhava an 8th century buddhist teacher. One of the biggest festivals in the country is the thimphu tshechu. The tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people both local and tourists.
The thimphu tshechu as all tshechu festivals honors padma sambhawa also known as guru rimpoche the precious yogi and saint who is credited with having introduced tantric buddhism throughout the himalayas. A tsechu is performed as a tribute to guru rimpoche a great buddhist master who brought buddhism to bhutan. Sources say guru rimpoche healed a king called sindhu raja by performing eight forms of dances representing eight manifestations of padmasambhava in the bumthang valley to restore the health of the king.
A tshechu is a festival held every year in various temples monasteries and dzongs across bhutan. Thimphu tsechu was initiated by the 4th desi gyalse tenzin rabgay in 1867 and later some changes were introduced in thimphu tshechu in the 1950s by the third kingof bhutan jigme dorji wangchuck. This festival is held in thimphu for 3 days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar.
Thimphu tshechu is one of the most popular festivals in bhutan. The festivals masked dances are performed by monks clad in colorful brocade attire and permeated by chants and reading of buddhist scripts. This festival is held in the capital city for three days.
The tshechu in thimphu is the second largest in the nation and people from all over bhutan attend along with thousands from all over the world. The actual tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.
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