Punakha Festival

Punakha Tshechu (festival) is observed on the 10th day of the inaugural month of the Buddhist lunar calendar. Bhutan’s unique heritage, traditions, and chances for prayer and devotion are all preserved in a significant way through it. The unfurling of Guru Rinpoche’s thongdrol, which is believed to release and atone for sins, is the major attraction. The three-day Punakha Drubchen is a unique festival that honors Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel’s heroic actions and preserves Buddhist teachings because it involves a dramatic recreation of a conflict with the Tibetan army in the 17th century. The historic battle scenario is recreated by local militiamen dressed in authentic combat attire. Both locals and visitors to Bhutan hold the Punakha festivals in high regard since they perfectly capture the diversity of the country’s cultural history.