March 21, 2021 – March 24, 2021 Paro
Paro Tshechu starts on the 10th day of the second lunar month. The flawlessly executed sacred event is the culmination of the dedication and years of hard work the monks put in to master the nuances of performing masked dance. These sacred dances are believed to invoke deities. The monks perform the dance wearing colorful silk brocade and ferocious mask. The event encapsulates the essence of the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan and its culture.
The Tshechu is held in the open courtyard with the backdrop of the majestic Paro Dzong. It is a spiritual and a social event where community members congregate dressed ostentatiously which is part of the tradition. Locals believe that one gains merits attending such events. Tshechu is also considered theatrical presentation about the afterlife and hence the event is highly revered.
The highlight of the Tshechu is the unfurling of the Thongdrel. At the break of dawn, the giant applique scroll is unfurled for public display. The painting depicts a seated Guru Rinpoche. Locals believe that a mere sight of the painting cleanses bad karma and accumulate good merits.