Religious festivals called tshechus are rich expression of ancient Buddhist culture, solemnized in honour of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan and the Himalayan world, commemorating one of his great deeds. The great deeds are all believed to have taken place on the tenth day of the month, which is the meaning of the word tshechu, even though all tshechus do not, in practice, take place on tenth day of the month. Bhutanese swank its living culture - religious festivals, social and cultural events are a part of daily life.
Our music is a blend of traditional and modern tunes. Songs vary to suit the occasion, sung while working in the field, at marriage ceremonies, and at festival celebrations. Dances performed during tshechus are religious. The dance dramas exhibit Bhutanese values, mythology and spiritual beliefs. There are folks and secular dances too that are performed during tshechus and social functions. The Royal Academy of Performing Arts in Thimphu is the face of Bhutanese music, which upholds the traditional music, theatre, folk and mask dances. Click here for the details on festival dates.