This festival is relatively new, with the fisrt festival taking place in 2016 to mark the celebration of the birth of HRH the Gyalsey, since then this festival has skyrocketed in popularity because of events such as the marathon, showcasing the live style and way of live of the people from the highlands of Bhutan.
During the festival, visitors can witness The traditional offering of Buelwa (Gift offering) with Auley (traditional epic poem/song recitation tradition originated from Zhabdrung Rinpoche days) that begun during Zhabdrung Rinpoche’s reign in showing loyalty and respect by the community of Laya is being offered for dynamic and visionary leadership of our successive monarchs
Thimphu tshechu is the most famous festival in the country with people from all walks of live coming to attend this festival. It takes place in the courtyard behind the Fortress and hundreds of locals and international tourist will attend this festival. This festival is held for three days. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche), Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) and many more are performed.
Haa valley is an elevated alpine valley, located at 2 hours drive from Paro valley via Chelela pass. The Haa Summer Festival is a lively and uplifting celebration of traditional living-culture, nomadic lifestyles, unique Bhutanese cuisine, traditional sports and religious performances. The festival has risen in popularity among both locals and tourists in recent years and it is one of the main attractions of Haa valley during this time of the year.While in Haa you can also see the rare flower called the white poppy (Meconopsis Superba) which is native to Haa valley.
After spending the day at the festival, tourists can also experience the night at one of the many village home stays and enjoy the hospitality of the local people of Haa Valley.
Kurjey Tsechu is one of the most inportat festivals in Bumthang and it is celebrated in the popular Kurjey Monastery. Local People of Jakar and Kurjey villages and also increasing number of people from all over Bhutan and the world attend the Tshechu to pay obeisance to Guru Rinpoche who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. It is a one-day festival and the chams/dances include the Guru Tshengye and Shinjay cham performed by the monks of Kurjey Lhakhang. It is then closed with unfurling of a giant Buddha/Guru Thangka (scroll) painting known as thongdrel. The festival is fully supported and funded by the government of Bhutan.