Religious Festivals

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Tsechus or sacred dances are part and parcel of Bhutanese culture, performed in all the twenty districts, apart from other local areas. These sacred dances date back to the 8th century, when Guru Padma Sambhava and the Abbot Shanti Rakshita, introduced the dances and performed it when the first Buddhist temple was constructed at Samye in Tibet. Through the performance of the dances, spirits living in the vicinity of the temple were subdued.

Gradually, the numbers and variety of these dances increased as followers of Guru Rimpoche, especially treasure revealers (Tertons) and other enlightened masters, discovered instructions for such sacred dances. It is believed that these instructions, written by Guru Rimpoche were concealed in many areas across the Himalayas.

Apart from the religious significance, Tsechus are also a social event, with people from different parts of the region gathering in their best attires to observe the tsechus.


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