The Tshechu - The Dance for the Gods, for You and Me
Annually, on the tenth day of a certain month, every region of Bhutan celebrates the birthday of Guru Rinpoche with a big dance festival of the monks (tshechu*). For example, in Thimphu, the tshechu* traditionally takes place on the tenth day of the sixth month and in Paro on the tenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar.
For most of Bhutanese, these festivities mark the pinnacle of their annual cycle. Many come from afar in order to be part of the spectacular events in the monastery (dzong*) of their province. These festivities last at least three to five days. Women and men wear their best clothes and their most beautiful jewelry.
By their attendance of a tshechu*, the visitors gain a Buddha's blessing or can reach and experience a spritual release through a tantric deity. In any case, however, one gains the goodwill of the local protective deities.