START DATE: September 22, 2020
END DATE: September 22, 2020
LOCATION: Tashi Chhodzong,Thimphu
Beside the Thimphu Tshechu,Thimphu also celebrates a one day festival known as Thimphu Drubchen which is also commonly known as Thimphu Dromchoe. The day long festival dates back to 17th century. It was first introduced by Kuenga Gyeltshen in 1710, who was recognized as the reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, son of Zhabdrung Ngawal Namgyal.The Drubchen is celebrated 3 days prior to the Thimphu Tshechu.
During Thimphu Drubchen the mask dances know as cham and folk dances are performed to bless onlookers, to teach them Buddhist dharma, to protect them from misfortune and to exorcise all evils. The Drubchen also showcases the scared dances dedicated to the chief protection deity of Bhutan, Palden Lhamo. Legend has it, that the deity Pelden Lhamo appeared before Kuenga Gyeltshen and performed the dances while he was in meditation. Based on this dances,Kuenga Gyeltshen initiated the Drubchen.