Bhutan Festival Tour

Bhutan Festival Tour

Tshechu(tenth day) are festivals held every year in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country. Tenth Day of Bhutanese Lunar Calendar is indeed the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava – 8th century Buddhist master. The festival is a sacred event conducted by fully ordained monks and enlightened masters. Tshechu is not simply a festival conducted for entertainment; it is a series of sacred events choreographed to promote happiness and intent to cultivate an enlightenment mind in all attendees. For farmers, Tshechu is break from the drudgery of farm life and it’s an occasion to enjoy, get blessed and prays for good health and their prosperity.

Religious Mask Dances are usually performed during Tshechus, mainly to convey the religious messages to the people and shows symbolic significance of subduing the demons. The mask dances of Bhutan were composed by Guru Padmasambhava and enlightened masters of Bhutan such as Terton Pema Lingpa (Peling Gingsum), Kunega Wangpo (Dramitse Nga Chham), Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and other great saints. Moreover, there will be Atsaras who showcase the jokes and maintains the order while performing the festivals.

If we witness the mask dances, the powers of tantric deities are being invoked and all the sentient beings are believed to be liberated from suffering of samsara. Indeed, mask dances are teaching of Buddhism in the form of dance.

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