Jumping dancers at Punakha Drubchen, Bhutan.

Punakha Drubchen

Out of all the festivals in Bhutan, Punakha Drubchen is the most unique

Narrating the tales of the history of Bhutan, the glorious cultural festival of Punakha Drubchen is a celebration of the country’s victory over the invading neighbouring forces of Tibet..

 Celebrating the unification of Bhutan as a nation, the festive events reenact the scenes from the fights of Bhutan and Tibet. With no formal Bhutan army, locals came forward to ward off the attacks from Tibet. The locals militias now dress up as the soldiers of that time and enact the battle scenes complete with swords. Starting as a celebration of Bhutan’s victory, today this festival is an annual event, celebrated with great pride and joy. Also, the winter home of Chief Abbott Je Khenpo of Bhutan, Punakha is one of the must-visit places to visit in Bhutan.

Another major Bhutanese festival, Punakha Tshechu follows immediately, which is known for its colorful dance performances and cheerful environment.

Duration: 3-4 days

When: February or March is usually the month when this popular Bhutanese festival is celebrated.


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