Celebrated in the courtyard of Kurjey Monastery, Kurjey Tshechu is celebrated widely as the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. People from Jakar and Kurjey village gather to pay homage to Guru Rinpoche along with other deities. The main attraction of Kurjey Tshechu is the unique mask dances which are performed by the Buddhist monks as well as songs and dance performed by the local villagers.  Even though mask dance holds a religious significance which has a belief that doing so will ward off the evil. For this reason, it is performed with much joy and devotion along with conch shells, drums, cymbals, horns and bells that rips the air.

Besides this, people can even indulge in trying scrumptious food from the stalls or watch out other different activities being held during the Tshechu. As it is an annual festival, people from across the country comes together to talk about a certain issue and pray for a successful year ahead. The festival comes to an end by unfurling of a giant Buddha/Guru Thangka thongdroel where the locals along with the tourists attain blessings with the belief that it will wash away all the sins.

Once done with witnessing one of the much-celebrated religious festivals of Bhutan, tourists can head to explore the beautiful and sacred sites of Bumthang that beckons to give an experience like nowhere else. When in Bumthang tourists can head to seek blessings at Lamey Gompa, Tharpaling Monastery and Kunzangdra Monastery. The other popular places to visit include Burning Lake, Ogyen Choling Museum and Jakar Dzong.


Insight into Festival Duration, Dates, and Features

Festival Duration

Kurjey Tshechu is a one-day celebration which takes place in Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang. The festival usually takes place in the month of either June or July. The tentative festival dates of Kurjey Tshechu for the year 2019 and 2020 is out.

Dates for 2019

  • Starting Date: 11 July 2019
  • Ending Date: 11 July 2019

Dates for 2020

  • Starting Date: 30 June 2020
  • Ending Date: 30 June 2020

Tourists who wish to explore the other top tourist attractions in Bumthang along with attending Kurjey Tshechu, our Bhutan festival tour package is created such that it lets one get the best travel experience in the country to cherish for a lifetime.

Festival Destination

The festival is held in the Kurjey Lhakhang Complex of Choekar Valley in Bumthang, brings the travellers to one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Bhutan. Tourists planning to visit Bumthang needs to get a special route permit which can only be done in Thimphu. Also, tourists from India, Bangladesh and Maldives do not require a visa but only a travel permit to visit Bhutan. However, those belonging to countries other than this need to get a visa issued either at Paro airport or Phuentsholing in Bhutan. Phuentsholing.

Special Highlights of the Festival

  • Visit the Kurey Monastery to witness the birthday celebration of Guru Rinpoche.
  • Witness the mask dance performed by the Buddhist Monks.
  • Enjoy the dance and songs performed by the local villagers.
  • Attain blessings at the unfurling of the Guru Thangka throndroel.

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