Tshechu is celebrated in Bhutan in honour of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) who brought tantric Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Thimpu Tshechu is one of the biggest and the most important festival celebrated in the capital of Bhutan. It is celebrated for three days beginning on the 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. The festival is witnessed by thousands of people who travel to Thimpu from far and near. Masked dances representing the life of Guru Padmasambhava are performed. The other performances enjoyed are the Shaw Sachi (stag dance). Viewing these performances is considered to be very spiritual and believed to cleanse one’s sins.