Thimphu Tshechu

THIMPHU TSHECHU

The Thimphu Tshechu, is one of the most popular annual festivals.Thousands of people from all walks of life come to witness this blessed event. Few days prior to the event prayers and rituals are performed by the central monastic body in order to invoke and appease the local deities. The Tshechu was initiated by the 4th Desi Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867. The Chams - masked dances - are to be strictly performed by the monks. Although there were only a few Chams, namely the Zhana chham and the Zhana Nga chham -dances of the 21 black hats, Durdag - dance of the lords of the cremation ground, and the Tungam chham - dance of the terrifying deities, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchhuk, the third hereditary king of Bhutan, introduced a number of Boed-Chams which could be performed by lay monks as well as adding much color and charm to the Tshechu in 1950 -1955. The Atsaras, or the clowns, play important roles. They are believed to be teachers - Acharyas in Sanskrit, and provide protection against evil spirits to everyone during Tshechus, while at the same time monitoring the dancers for correct steps and sequences through their jesting. Modern Atsaras sometimes perform short skits to disseminate health and social awareness messages to the crowd.

 

Thimphu Dromchoe

 

The Thimphu Drochoe is held three days prior to the start of the Thimphu Tshechu,. It was introduced by Kuenga Gyeltshen, the reincarnation of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal’s son Jampel Dorji, in 1710. Unlike the the Thimphu Tshechu, the Dromchoe showcases the sacred dances dedicated to the arch protecting deity of Bhutan, Palden Lhamo. It is believed that Pelden Lhamo once appeared before Kuenga Gyeltshen and performed the dances during his deep meditation. Kuenga Gyaltshen then initiated the dance ceremony based on the dances the deity Pelden Lhamo had performed.

 

 

ITINERARY

Day1.Arrive Paro by Drukair

Day2.Drive to Thimphu

Day3.Thimphu/attend full day at festival

Day4.Attend full day at festival

Day5.Drive to Paro and hike to Taktshang (tiger’s nest)

Day6.Departure

 

 

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