Bhutan is a country known for various religion practiced by the people. The common religion practiced in Bhutan
is Buddhism in form of Kagyupas and Nyingmapas. Tshechus (Tenth day) or Festivals are performed in every part of
Bhutan in various monasteries and Dzongs. (Fortress). These Tshechu are mainly the religious activities where mass
gatherings comes to receive blessings to wash their sins. it is celebrated on tenth day of a month of lunar calendar
corresponding to the birth day of Guru oche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the month of Tshechu depends place to
place and temple to temple. These Tshechu consists of colorful Bhutanese dances and other entertainments.
Various Buddhist teachings are preached to the large gatherings of devotees by dramatizing in the form of various
mask dances which are based on incidents from as long as 8th century from the life of Guru Padmasambhava and to
receive blessings from lamas. These dances are performed by monks in the Dzongs and Monastries and also by the
village men in the rural area. It is said that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least
once to receive the blessings and wash away the sins. Every mask dances performed during Tshechu has a meaning or
a story behind.
The details of Tshechu/Festivals are given below: