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Buddhist New Year - Losar*Saturday February 13, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Punakha Drubchen*Friday February 19, 2021Culture 
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Punakha TshechuMonday February 22, 2021Culture 
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winter holiday (end)Wednesday February 24, 2021School holidays 
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Talo TshechuSunday March 21, 2021Culture 
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Gasa Tshechu**Sunday March 21, 2021Culture 
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Paro Tshechu**Sunday March 21, 2021Culture 
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Rhododendron Festival**Friday April 16, 2021Culture 
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Shabdrung Kuchoe*Thursday April 22, 2021Secular holiday 
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The Third King's Anniversary*Sunday May 2, 2021Secular holiday 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha**Wednesday May 26, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Buddhist New Year - Losar -
Saturday February 13, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : The new year is called Losar, and is celebrated according to the highly complicated Bhutanese calendar.


Punakha Drubchen -
Friday February 19, 2021

Culture : Punakha Dromche festival is unique for being the only festival with a procession that re-enact the war against Tibetan in the 17th century. Dromche generally include dances and this festival is dedicated to Yeshe Gompo (Mahakala) or Palden Lhamo, the two main protective deities of Drukpas (Drukpas = means people of Druk land or Bhutanese). Punakha Dromche take place in the first month of the lunar year and ends with ’Serda’, a magnificent procession which re-enacts an episode of the war against the Tibetan in the 17th century. [Druk Asia]


King's Anniversary -
Monday February 21, 2022

Secular holiday : Current king is known as Druk Gyalpo (the Dragon King)


King's Anniversary -
Tuesday February 22, 2022

Secular holiday : Current king is known as Druk Gyalpo (the Dragon King)


Punakha Tshechu -
Monday February 22, 2021

Culture :


King's Anniversary -
Wednesday February 23, 2022

Secular holiday : Current king is known as Druk Gyalpo (the Dragon King)


Winter holiday (end) -
Wednesday February 24, 2021

School holidays :


Talo Tshechu -
Sunday March 21, 2021

Culture :


Gasa Tshechu -
Sunday March 21, 2021

Culture : in Gasa


Paro Tshechu -
Sunday March 21, 2021

Culture : One of the most famous festivals in Bhutan. Throngs of people,travel from around the world and neighboring districts to participate in the festivity. On the last day of the celebration, a gigantic Thangkha (Thongdrel) of Guru Rinpoche will be displayed inside the Dzong. The Thongdrel will be displayed early in the morning and for a few hours only. It is believed that one can cleanse their own sins upon viewing the Thongdrel. in Paro


Rhododendron Festival -
Friday April 16, 2021

Culture : in Thimphu


Shabdrung Kuchoe -
Thursday April 22, 2021

Secular holiday : The Shabdrung (also Zhabdrung) is the most important tulku lineage in Bhutan, equivalent in many ways to the Dalai Lama lineage of Tibet. The lineage traces through the founder of the country, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (b. 1594 -d 1651), a high Drukpa Kagyu lama who was the first to unify the warring valley kingdoms under a single rule. In Bhutan the Shabdrung is revered as the third most important personality behind Guru Rimpoche and the Buddha.


The Third King's Anniversary -
Sunday May 2, 2021

Secular holiday : Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1929 - 1972) was the third king of Bhutan. He ended his country's isolation, introduced modernity, and took the first steps toward democratization. Upon succeeding his father, Jigme Wangchuck, on October 27, 1952, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck put an end to feudalism in the country and released all of the remaining serfs. He encouraged certain modern inventions to assist the local peasantry and introduced wheeled vehicles, where previously the transportation of crops and people was done manually. http://pedia.nodeworks.com/J/JI/JIG/Jigme_Dorji_Wangchuk


Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Wednesday May 26, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Magha Puja or Sangha celebration. This day falls on the full moon of the third month. It commemorates the main event in Buddha's life, after His first retreated from the rain (Vassa). The anniversary of Buddah's birthday in the Mahayana tradition; the commemoration of Buddah's birth, enlightenment, and death, celebrated on the day of the full moon of the 6th month in the Theravada tradition. In some countries, may only be observed by the Hinduist community. In India, only celebrated in Andaman & Nicobar Island, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh. In Thailand, falls on the same day as Vesak