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The Tsechu is a festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. Most of the monasteries and dzongs perform tsechu is an immense way. Though the dates and the duration of performance of tsechu vary, all the districts conduct it every year. The dances of the tshechus are presented by both monks and local community performers. The people consider it a blessing to be able to watch them performing. The Bhutanese people, dressed in their finest clothing and jewellery, gather together to celebrate the festival.

Apart from Tshechus, there are other festivals also, which are very popular in Bhutan. They are the folk festivals, which exist in different parts of Bhutan; Ache Lhamo Dances is one of them. This festival is organised by the Ura community, in Bumthang on the eigth day of the seventh month of the Bhutaneses calendar. The girls of this village hike up to the mountain in the morning to make their offerings, they dance the whole day; and return back in the evening with flower offerings.
The following table provides an annual overview for the most prominent festivals. 

Festival

Place

Duration

Month*

Trongsa Tsechu

Trongsa Dzong

3 days

January

Lhuntse Tsechu

Lhuntse Dzong

3 days

January

Punakha Dromche

Punakha Dzong

5 days

February

Chorten Kora

Trashi Yangtse

1 day

Feb / March

Paro Tsechu

Paro Dzong

5 days

Mar / April

Nimalung Tsechu

Bumthang Dzong

3 days

June

Kurjey Tsechu

Bumthang Kurjey Monastery

1 day

June

Thimphu Drubchen

Thimphu Dzong

4 days

September

Thimphu Tsechu

Thimphu Dzong

3 days

Sept / October

Wangdue Tshechu

Wangdue Dzong

3 days

September

Tangbi Mani

Bumthang Tangbi Monastery

3 days

September

Jambay Lhakhang Drup

Bumthang Jambay Monastery

4 days

October

Prakhar Duchoe

Bumthang

3 days

October

Mongar Tsechu

Mongar Dzong

3 days

December

Trashigang Tsechu

Trashigang Dzong

3 days

December

Gomphu Kora Tsechu

Trashigang Gomphu Kora

3 days

March

 

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