Public Holidays in Bhutan
Bhutan observes several public holidays throughout the year, reflecting its rich cultural heritage and traditions. Here is a list of some of the most significant public holidays in Bhutan:
- Losar (Bhutanese New Year): Celebrated in February or March, Losar marks the beginning of the Bhutanese lunar calendar with various religious and cultural festivities.
- King's Birthday: His Majesty the King's birthday is celebrated on December 21st with grand parades and cultural performances.
- Gewa Nganpa (Buddha's Parinirvana): Observed in February, this holiday commemorates the death of Gautama Buddha, with prayers and religious ceremonies.
- Zhabdrung Kuchoe: Celebrated in April, this holiday honors the anniversary of the death of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, a unifying figure in Bhutan's history.
- Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche: This holiday, in July, marks the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, a revered figure in Bhutanese Buddhism.
- Thimphu Tshechu: A grand religious festival held in the capital city of Thimphu in September or October, featuring masked dances and traditional performances.
- National Day: Celebrated on December 17th, this holiday marks the day when Bhutan's first king was enthroned.
- Coronation Day: Commemorating the coronation of the fourth king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, this holiday takes place on November 1st.
- Druk Wangyel Tshechu: Held on December 13th, this festival celebrates the victories of the Bhutanese armed forces and features colorful mask dances.
- Nyilo (Winter Solstice): Nyilo is observed in December, marking the winter solstice with traditional customs and festivities.
These are just a few of the many public holidays celebrated in Bhutan, each offering a glimpse into the country's unique culture, spirituality, and history.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|National Day||December 17||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Winter Solstice (Nyilo)||January 03||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Traditional Day of Offering||January 12||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Losar / New Year||February 10||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Losar / New Year Holiday||February 11||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King||February 21||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King Holiday||February 22||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King Holiday||February 23||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Death Anniversary of Zhabdrung||April 18||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Birth Anniversary of Third Druk Gyalpo||May 02||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Parinirvana of Buddha||May 23||Thursday||Public Holiday|