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Bhutan (Western) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

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Winter Solstice (Nyinlog)*Saturday January 2, 2021Secular holiday 
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Day of Offerings**Thursday January 14, 2021Secular holiday 
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Buddhist New Year - Losar*Saturday February 13, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Punakha Drubchen*Friday February 19, 2021Culture 
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King's Anniversary*Sunday February 21, 2021Secular holiday 
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King's Anniversary*Monday February 22, 2021Secular holiday 
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Punakha TshechuMonday February 22, 2021Culture 
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King's Anniversary*Tuesday February 23, 2021Secular holiday 
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winter holiday (end)Wednesday February 24, 2021School holidays 
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Talo TshechuSunday March 21, 2021Culture 
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Gasa Tshechu**Sunday March 21, 2021Culture 
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Paro Tshechu**Sunday March 21, 2021Culture 
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Rhododendron Festival**Friday April 16, 2021Culture 
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Shabdrung Kuchoe*Thursday April 22, 2021Secular holiday 
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Winter Solstice (Nyinlog) -
Saturday January 2, 2021

Secular holiday : The winter solstice is the moment when the earth is at a point in its orbit where one hemisphere is most inclined away from the Sun. This causes the Sun to appear at its farthest below the celestial equator when viewed from the far hemisphere. Solstice is a Latin borrowing and means sun stand still , referring to the appearance that the Sun's noontime elevation change stops its progress, either northerly or southerly. The day of the winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

Day of Offerings -
Thursday January 14, 2021

Secular holiday : Women sing and dance, men play archery, picnics are organized more popular in Eastern Bhutan

Buddhist New Year - Losar -
Saturday February 13, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : The new year is called Losar, and is celebrated according to the highly complicated Bhutanese calendar.

Punakha Drubchen -
Friday February 19, 2021

Culture : Punakha Dromche festival is unique for being the only festival with a procession that re-enact the war against Tibetan in the 17th century. Dromche generally include dances and this festival is dedicated to Yeshe Gompo (Mahakala) or Palden Lhamo, the two main protective deities of Drukpas (Drukpas = means people of Druk land or Bhutanese). Punakha Dromche take place in the first month of the lunar year and ends with ’Serda’, a magnificent procession which re-enacts an episode of the war against the Tibetan in the 17th century. [Druk Asia]

King's Anniversary -
Sunday February 21, 2021

Secular holiday : Current king is known as Druk Gyalpo (the Dragon King)

King's Anniversary -
Monday February 22, 2021

Secular holiday : Current king is known as Druk Gyalpo (the Dragon King)

Punakha Tshechu -
Monday February 22, 2021

Culture :

King's Anniversary -
Tuesday February 23, 2021

Secular holiday : Current king is known as Druk Gyalpo (the Dragon King)

Winter holiday (end) -
Wednesday February 24, 2021

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Talo Tshechu -
Sunday March 21, 2021

Culture :

Gasa Tshechu -
Sunday March 21, 2021

Culture : in Gasa

Paro Tshechu -
Sunday March 21, 2021

Culture : One of the most famous festivals in Bhutan. Throngs of people,travel from around the world and neighboring districts to participate in the festivity. On the last day of the celebration, a gigantic Thangkha (Thongdrel) of Guru Rinpoche will be displayed inside the Dzong. The Thongdrel will be displayed early in the morning and for a few hours only. It is believed that one can cleanse their own sins upon viewing the Thongdrel. in Paro

Rhododendron Festival -
Friday April 16, 2021

Culture : in Thimphu

Shabdrung Kuchoe -
Thursday April 22, 2021

Secular holiday : The Shabdrung (also Zhabdrung) is the most important tulku lineage in Bhutan, equivalent in many ways to the Dalai Lama lineage of Tibet. The lineage traces through the founder of the country, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (b. 1594 -d 1651), a high Drukpa Kagyu lama who was the first to unify the warring valley kingdoms under a single rule. In Bhutan the Shabdrung is revered as the third most important personality behind Guru Rimpoche and the Buddha.