Picture Of The Month
Ms. Isha Sharma from Tappas Voyages visited Thimphu, Bhutan and captured the photograph of Thimphu Tsechu held at Trashichhoe Dzong.

The Thimphu Tsechu festival was initiated by the 4th time leader, Tenzin Rabgye in 1670 on the 8th month of the Bhutanese calendar to commemorate the birth of Guru Rinpoche. It is a colorful celebration of culture and Bhutanese faith. The festival presents sacred dances and rituals performed by monks and lay people in masks and colorful costumes to celebrate training, get blessings and socialize. The sound of drums and cymbals creates a sublime aura. Some of the popular dance shows include Zhana Zhana Nga Chham Chham and (dances of 21 black hats) Durdag (Dance of the Lords of cremation), and Tungam Chham (dance terrifying deities). The Thimphu Tsechu festival is considered a time to celebrate, receive blessings and pray for health and happiness.