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Bhutan Holidays

Bhutan Holidays

Bhutan holidays compromise of both national holidays and local festivals called “Tsechus”. National holidays are observed throughout the country. “Tsechus” or festivals are taken place only in local place. Every Dzongkhag or district conducts festival or Tsechus. Bhutan Holidays mentioned below have mentioned only Thimphu Tsechu’s. Bhutan uses its own calendar for Bhutan Holidays. It is a variant of the lunisolar Tibetan calendar. Due to lunar calendar some dates of Bhutan holidays and “Tsechus” change from year to year. Guest visiting Bhutan has figure out Bhutan Holidays including National Holidays and regional Festivals. Bhutan Holidays also indicates which festivals in Bhutan and National holidays customize guest requirement.

Bhutan Holidays in the year of Male water Dragon Year 2012. Detail list of Bhutan Holidays are given below without showing regional holidays.

Public Holidays 2016

Date Day Holiday
2 Jan Sat Winter Solstice (Nyilo)
10 Jan Sun Traditional Day of Offerings
8 Feb Mon Public Holiday
(Birth of the Royal Heir)
9 Feb Tue Losar (New Year)
Year of the Fire Male Monkey
10 Feb Wed Losar (New Year)
Year of the Fire Male Monkey
21 Feb Sun Birth Anniversary of Fifth King HM Jigme
Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
22 Feb Mon Birth Anniversary of Fifth King HM Jigme
Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
23 Feb Tue Birth Anniversary of Fifth King HM Jigme
Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
16 Apr Sat Shabdrung Kuchoe
2 May Mon Birth Anniversary of Third King HM Jigme
Dorje Wangchuck
21 May Sat Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana
15 Jun Wed Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche
8 Jul Fri First Sermon of Lord Buddha
22 Sep Thu Blessed Rainy Day
7 Oct Fri Thimphu Tshechu
11 Oct Tue Dashain (Nepali Festival)
11 Oct Tue Thimphu Tshechu
12 Oct Wed Thimphu Tshechu
13 Oct Thu Thimphu Tshechu
1 Nov Tue Coronation of Fifth King HM Jigme
Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
20 Nov Sun Descending Day of Lord Buddha /
Lha-bab Duchen
17 Dec Sat National Day