Festivals in Bhutan - Jambay Lhakhang Drup (Tshechu)
The festival is held for duel reasons; to commemorate an establishment of Jambay Lhakhang (temple) in 7 th century and to honor Guru Rimpoche, a saint who introduced Tantric form of Buddhism in Bhutan . A variety of traditional and mask dances are performed and each dance bear significant meaning/importance.
This festival is one of the most important in Bhutan and its high light is the 'Mewang" - the fire ceremony and the " Tercham" - a religious dance. A fire dance is held in the evening to bless infertile women so that they may bear children.
The festival dances were composed mostly by Terton Pema Lingpa, the great treasure discoverer of the 15th century.
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE :
DAY - 1
First evening's program begins around 07.00 pm, with the "Jinsi" the burning of the sacred fire.
DAY – 2
Begins around 9.30 in the morning with a "chipdrel" traditional reception.
DAY - 3
Atsara (clown) dance Dola Pangtoy
DAY – 4