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Festivals in Nepal Tibet Bhutan

Major Festivals

Festivals in Nepal are colourful and joyous events where people from all walks of life join in to celebrate the occasion. Nepal is made up of 131 different ethnic groups having their own languages, customs and traditions. As majority of the Nepalese are Hindus, the country’s major festivals are mostly dedicated to Hindu deities.  Dashain, Tihar, Holi (a festival of color), Buddha Jayanti, Bisket Jatra, Rato Machhindranath Jatra etc. are some of the major festivals celebrated all over Nepal.   The Bhutanese are known to use the Gross National Happiness Index to measure their country’s prosperity. For the Bhutanese, inner happiness and contentment matter more t...

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Paro Tshechu

Paro Tshechu is one of Bhutan’s oldest and most important monastic festivals. This Paro festival was first celebrated 1644 when Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal consecrated the Paro Dzong. This 5 day long religious festival held at the Paro or Rinpung Dzong is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche, the Buddhist spiritual master who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan. Paro Tshechu is a major attraction for both locals as well as tourists. It is believed that attending a Tshechu and watching the monks sing and dance will bring you blessings and spiritual merit. People come from far and near totake part in the festivity. As per the Bhutanese lunar calendar the Paro Tshechu begins on the tenth day of the ...

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Thimpu Tshechu

 Thimpu Tshechu is one of the biggest and the most important festival celebrated in Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. Tshechus are celebrated in Bhutan’s major cities in honour of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) who brought tantric Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Thimpu Tsechu was first observed in 1670 AD, during the reign of Tenzing Rabgye, the fourth ruler of Bhutan, to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhasava. This 3-day long festival is celebrated on the eighth month of the Bhutanese lunar calendar at the magnificent Tashichho Dzong.  Thimphu Tsechu is witnessed by thousands of people who travel to Thimpu from far and near. As it is a religious fe...

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