The Tshechu is a festival honoring Guru Padmasambhava,
"one who was born from a lotus flower." This Indian
saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantric
Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan
etc. The biography of Guru is highlighted by 12 episodes
of the model of the Buddha Shakyamuni's life. Each episode
is commemorated around the year on the 10th day of the
month by "the Tshechu."
The dates and the duration of the festivals vary from
one district to another but they always take place on
or around the 10th of the month according to the Bhutanese
calendar. During Tshechu, the dances are performed by
monks as well as by laymen.
The Tshechu is a religious festival and by attending
it, it is believed one gains merits. It is also a yearly
social gathering where the people, dressed in all their
finery, come together to rejoice.