Wangduephodrang Tshechu

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Wangduephodrang in central Bhutan is famous for Lozeys or Ornamental Speeches. Two notable lozeys are the tragic song of Gaylong Sumdar Tashi that of Pema Tshewang Tashi who served as an official at the Dzong. The Dzong served as the administrative center and was built in 1639 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel at the confluence of Punatsang Chu River.

The annual Wangduephodrang Tshechu was introduced by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel after the completion of the dzong. The three-day annual Tshechu is attended by people from Punakha and Thimphu and provides people with an occasion for merrymaking and revelry. The Tshechu is known for the Raksha Mangcham or the Dance of the Ox. It concludes with the unfurling of the Guru Tshengye Thongdrol where people throng to receive blessings.

Note:  Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag Dzong was burnt to the ground on the 24th of June 2012.  Plans are well underway to re-build the dzong.  After the fire, the Tshechu is held at the nearby Tencholing Army ground in Wangduephodrang.

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