The Paro Tsechu
The Bhutanese have numerous festivals throughout the
year. They typically last 3-5 days. There are many stylized dances, each
telling a particular story. Holy images are also paraded about or
placed on display for ritual viewing.
The festival in Paro which I attended is called a tsechu, which
is a festival in honor of Guru Rinpoche (see a
later photograph in this series
for an explanation of who this important person is). It is held annually
on the 11-15 of the 2nd Bhutanese month (the Bhutanese have a complex
Buddhist calendar that evolved from the Tibetan calendar), which has no
fixed date in the western calendar, but always falls during March or
Photo taken: April 15, 2003
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