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Bhutan (Western) : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations


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 current 2 months

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Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche*Saturday June 23, 2018Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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First Sermon of Lord Buddha*Monday July 16, 2018Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Thimphu Drupchen*Saturday September 15, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Thimphu TshechuWednesday September 19, 2018Secular holiday 
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Thimphu TshechuThursday September 20, 2018Secular holiday 
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Thimphu TshechuFriday September 21, 2018Secular holiday 
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Blessed Rainy Day*Sunday September 23, 2018Secular holiday 
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Thimphu TshechuWednesday October 10, 2018Secular holiday 
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Dashain*Friday October 19, 2018Hinduism 
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Buddha's Coming Down from Heaven*Wednesday October 31, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Coronation Day*Thursday November 1, 2018Secular holiday 
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H.M. the King's Birthday*Sunday November 11, 2018Secular holiday 
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National Day*Monday December 17, 2018National Day 
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winter holiday (beginning)Sunday December 23, 2018School holidays 
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Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche -
Saturday June 23, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Padmasambhava (in Sanskrit meaning lotus-born ) founded the Tibetan or Tantric school of Buddhism in the 8th century. In Bhutan and Tibet he is better known as Guru Rinpoche ( Precious Master ) where followers of the Nyingma school regard him as the second Buddha.

Summer holiday (beginning) -
Monday July 1, 2019

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First Sermon of Lord Buddha -
Monday July 16, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Marks the first sermon Buddha gave to his five disciples, introducing the middle way, the noble eight-fold path and the Four Noble Truths. It is celebrated with candlelight processions.

Summer holiday (end) -
Wednesday July 31, 2019

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Thimphu Drupchen -
Saturday September 15, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Lasts 5 days - The Drubchhen was instituted between 1705 and 1709 by Kuenga Gyaltshen, the first reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, the son of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. According to legend, Pelden Lhamo appeared before him and performed the dances while he was in meditation. Based on these dances, Kuenga Gyeltshen initiated the Drubchhen

Thimphu Tshechu -
Wednesday September 19, 2018

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Thimphu Tshechu -
Thursday September 20, 2018

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Thimphu Tshechu -
Friday September 21, 2018

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Blessed Rainy Day -
Sunday September 23, 2018

Secular holiday : Natural water sources are blessed. Bathing in the morning is a good omen. Beginning of the harvesting season.

Thimphu Tshechu -
Wednesday October 10, 2018

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Dashain -
Friday October 19, 2018

Hinduism : The victory of Durga on evil forces, the destruction of Vasanas (subjectivity, selfishness, desires...) and the achievement of the deepest Self. Dominance of Saraswati (pure science) over Lakshmi (applied science)

Buddha's Coming Down from Heaven -
Wednesday October 31, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Celebration of his return to earth from heaven. Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal, and his mother expired after seven days. At the age of 41, he ascended to heaven to preach to his mother. Nuns and monks and king Zug Chen Nyingpo were worried because they did not know where hewas. His disciple, the clairvoyant Sharibu, had a vision of the lord to be in heaven. Another disciple of Lord Buddha, Mao gyel ge bu, who was known to possess miraculous powers, ascended to heaven and requested Buddha to return to earth. He agreed to descend.

Coronation Day -
Thursday November 1, 2018

Secular holiday : The fifth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck was crowned on Nov. 6, 2008.

H.M. the King's Birthday -
Sunday November 11, 2018

Secular holiday : Celebrates the birthday of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who became king in 1972

National Day -
Monday December 17, 2018

Secular holiday : Celebrates the installation of the first hereditary King of Bhutan in 1907

Winter holiday (beginning) -
Sunday December 23, 2018

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