Tsechu at Trongsa Dzong.
Tsechu are annual religious Bhutanese festivals held in each district
or dzongkhag of Bhutan on the tenth day of a month of the lunar
Tibetan calendar. Tsechus are religious
festivals of Drukpa Buddhism.Tsechus are large social gatherings, which perform the function of social bonding among people of remote and spread-out villages.
The focal point of the tsechus are the sacred Cham Dances, which are banned in neighbouring Tibet. These costumed, masked dances typically are moral vignettes,
or based on incidents from the life of the 9th century Nyingmapa teacher Padmasambhava and other saints.
Trongsa Dzong: this impregnable fortress was built in 1648. The massive structure is built on many levels into the side of the hill that includes the countless courtyards, passageways and corridors in addition to the twenty three temples inside the Dzong. Due to its highly strategic position as it the only connecting route between east and west, the Trongsa Penlop (Governor) was able to control the whole region effectively for centuries.
Trongsa at an altitude of 2,200m forms the central hub of the nation and is historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched. The Royal family has strong links with Trongsa. Both His Majesty King Uygen Wangchuk and his successor King Jigme Wangchuck ruled the country from this Dzong.