Paro Tsechu is one of the most popular religious dance festivals of Bhutan which is being held since the 17th century. The festival features dances that are beautifully performed by the trained monks and laymen wearing amazing masks and costumes. Even though the festival holds a religious significance for the Bhutanese people, it also let the tourists experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan.
The five-day festival is celebrated in honour of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. The entire celebration grabs the attention but one thing that one shouldn’t miss out witnessing is the unfurling of the silk Thangka which when done is considered one of the most sacred blessings. The Thangka or ‘thongdroel’ is a religious picture scroll which is exhibited only for a few hours during the daytime on the final day of the festival allowing the people to attain blessings.
As the festival is held for five days, each day has something special to offer comprising different activities. The first day involves the pre-festival rituals will be carried out. The second day is when the monks start performing inside the Paro Dzong. The remaining three days of the festival will continue with the monks and other people participate in different dances and dramas which is an amazing sight to enjoy. Also, tourists visiting the Paro Tshechu can get to experience the sounds of trumpets, flutes, cymbals and the shows of the triumph which depicts the difference between good and evil. During these five holy days, people are seen in traditional dresses.
Once done with witnessing the popular Paro Tshechu, tourists shouldn’t miss out on visiting Bhutan’s iconic landmark i.e., Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest and other tourism places like Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, Dungtse Lhakhang, Kyichu Lhakhang.
A five-day festival, Paro Tshechu is held every year in the month of March or at the beginning of April. The tentative festival dates of Paro Tshechu for the year 2020 is out which will be held in the first week of April.
Tourists coming here to witness the Paro Tshechu, can even head to visit the other popular tourism attractions that are including in the Bhutan Festival Tour Packages.
Located in the Paro Valley, Paro is a perfect tourist destination for those who love being close to nature and spend time amid peaceful setting. Also, Paro is a place for those who love exploring the historical buildings and witness the splendid architecture.
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