Thimphu Dromchoe Festival

In February, as a precursor to the popular Thimphu Tshechu Festival, the Thimphu Dromchoe Festival is held. This festival is held mainly to pay homage and respects to the chief protective deity of Bhutan, Palden Lhamo. Several different kinds of mask dances are performed

The festival began in the 18th century and is attributed to Lama Kuenga Gyeltshen. He is said to have seen protective deity Palden Lhamo in a vision who showed him the dances which is still performed during the festival.

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