Tshechu (Festival) is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava), the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. Besides the locals, many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture. There are various Tsechus held all year around at Temples, Dzongs and Monasteries throughout Bhutan. However, the exact date of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple. Please choose the Festival date correspond to your date of travelling.