Thimphu Dromchoe and Tshechu
Venue: Tendrelthang grounds inside the historic Thimphu Dzong (Fortress)
Visiting places: Paro, Punakha, Wangduephodrang (based on interests)
Entry and Exit: Paro
The three day Thimphu Tsechu has a blend of mask dances initiated in 1867, by the fourth Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay, and those introduced in the 1950s, by the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Father of Modern Bhutan.
In the 17th century, dances were strictly performed by monks and the numbers of dances were few. However, the addition later added variety and color to the festival.
The highlight though precedes the Tsechu by three days and is the Thimphu Dromchoe, where Palden Lhamo, Bhutan’s chief protective deity is invoked.
There is also a story behind the Dromchoe, which was introduced by Kuenga Gyeltshen in 1710. Legend has it, that the deity Pelden Lhamo appeared before Kuenga Gyeltshen and performed the dances while he was in meditation. Based on these dances, Kuenga Gyaltshen initiated the Dromchoe.