Thimphu tsechu is an annual religious, cultural, and social festival, held in Thimphu Bhutan. Each district has its own ‘tsechu’ or celebration. Tsechus take place on the 10th day of the particular month according to the lunar calendar. It honors the memory of Guru Rimpoche (Indian saint Padmasambhava who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the 7th century). The tradition of Bhutanese tsechu was established by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (the man who unified Bhutan) in the 16th century. This year, Thimphu tsechu took place on September 25th, 26th, and 27th. The festival signifies good over evil and is to wish for good luck and a prosperous new year.
The celebration includes dancing, shows, and cultural displays. People usually bring their own lunches to ensure they do not miss any part of the show. The festival is both cultural and religious, as both are very intertwined in Bhutanese culture. The belief is that anyone who attends a tsechu can make merit and gain positive karma.
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