Gelephu Dratshang Tshechu

December 15, 2018 - December 17, 2018 Gelephu

Gelephu Dratshang Tshechu is held at Gelephu Dratshang in Sarpang district. Thousands of devotees attend the three-day festival to witness the various masked dance that are performed by monks of the Dratshang at the festival.

Gelephu Dratshang Tshechu is held at Gelephu Dratshang in Sarpang district. Thousands of devotees attend the three-day festival to witness the various masked dance that are performed by monks of the Dratshang at the festival. Cultural items are also showcased at the festival to entertain the people. Apart from religious significance, Tshechus are a carnival like colorful event where people dress in their best textile rich clothes and decorate themselves with jewelries and come to witness the Tshechu and also to take a break from their daily mundane lives. Among many religious and sacred masked dances that are performed the one that entertains the most are the clowns at the Tshechu. Clowns or Atsaras are the life of a Tshechu; they humor audiences and manage the crowd and according to Buddhist philosophy, it is also believed that when a Tshechu is being conducted, evil forces are bound to dwell the nearby places to cause obstruction to the good cause and the Atsaras help to chase and keep the evil forces at bay.