Tsechu - Festival at Wangdue Phodrang

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    It is a season of festivities in Bhutan, and we had a chance to visit two of them in different places while we are here.

    The celebrations usually happen in the courtyards of fortresses called dzongs. But this festival at Wangdue Phodrang was organized in an open space, since the fortress was destroyed in a fire few months ago.

    This image shows monks performing cham dances during the festivals. These dances are traditional rituals of Vajrayana Buddism. The highly structured dances contain different purposes, such as warding off evil, imparting messages on Buddhist priniciples, etc.

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