TOP FESTIVALS IN BHUTAN
Paro Festival is a massive festival and by far the biggest spring time event in Bhutan. At the end of the festival a four storey high thangkha (Buddhist religious scroll) is unrolled in celebration. The scroll is said to be over 350 years old!
Thimphu Festival is held in Bhutan’s capital and, as such, draws thousands upon thousands of attendants, creating an atmosphere that is unforgettable. It runs annually from the 10th – 13th August. The three day Festival is actually followed by many days and nights of prayers.
Jakar Festival is a 3-day festival displays several sacred mask dances. The festival also hosts different types of folk songs and dances. People visit the festival dressed in their finest clothes.
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival, known as the ‘fire ceremony’. The 5 day Tshechu is incredibly flamboyant and entertaining, consisting of locals running underneath large flaming gates and nude masked dances in the middle of the night!
Wangduephodrang Festival is one of the largest Tshechus in Bhutan. The event is a welcome respite for locals who come together to drink, dance and socialize.
Haa Summer Festival celebrates the nomadic and traditional-living lifestyles of the Bhutanese. Gorgeous lakes and lush valleys are the backdrop to this fantastic festival.
The Punakha Drubchen Festival celebrates the famous victory by Bhutan when the armies managed to suppress the invading Tibetan forces in the 17th century. Local military and village volunteers re-enact the battles in glorious costumes of bright colours.
The Black-necked Crane festival is an annual event held to celebrate the arrival of the endangered black-necked cranes to the Phobjikha Valley. This is the festival for nature lovers!
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