The Thimphu Tshechu Festival is the biggest festival and the largest crowd-puller event in Bhutan. This festival virtually arrests all other activities in capital Thimphu and turns the national festive mood on. The main street of Thimphu city is closed for traffic and it is turned into a market place with people from all over the country coming here to attend the festival.
While the whole Thimphu valley is celebrating the festival, the main celebrations take place at the courtyard of the Tashichhodzong, the fortress housing the office of the King. Here, mask dances are performed aplenty together with traditional songs and dances.
One of the main attractions of the festival is the unfurling of the thongdrol (a large tapestry) of Guru Rinpoche on the last day of the festival. Guru Runpoche is believed to be the second Buddha and hold special significance in Bhutan. it is believed that a mere sight of the Thongdrol liberates onlookers of all sins and helps in accumulating good merit.
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