In Bhutan, the word festival has become synonymous with the annual Tsechu festivals. Different places hosts the annual Tsechus at different times of the year and it is the biggest attraction for the place. People come dressed in the finest clothes, wear the best ornaments, and gather at the site of the festival which is usually a temple, monastery or a fortress (called a Dzong).
The Tsechu festival is observed for three to five days and it is the best time to visit Bhutan and experience the Bhutanese culture, tradition and way of life. Durign the festival, several mask dances are performed apart from local dances and song sequences.
The Tsechu festival is a photographer’s delight. The festival is mainly performed in honor of the 8th century saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. The word tsechu translates to ‘the 10th day’ and the festival almost always corresponds to the 10th day of the lunar calendar of different Buddhist months.
Other festivals in Bhutan include The Rhododendron Festival, The White-necked Crane festival, The Haa Summer Festival, The Masutake Mushroom Festival, The Rhododendron Festival, The Nomad Festival and some others.