Pema Gatshel Dzongkhag is situated in Eastern Bhutan. The district is known for its numerous festivals and folk songs. Since the construction of the dzong was completed in the early 1980’s, they have also celebrated the annual Tshechu over a three day period.
Many Mask Dances or Cham which are believed to confer blessings upon the spectators and teach them the ways of the Buddhist dharma are performed during the festival. Cham are also believed to provide protection from misfortune and exorcise evil influences. It is also an annual social gathering where people from all walks of life get together to celebrate and contemplate religion. The entire community rejoices together, dressed in their finest clothing whilst enjoying the company of friends and family.
Pemagatshel is famous for its artisans and weavers. Here they produce the religious instruments like Jalings (oboe-like instruments) and Dhungs (long ritual trumpets) and fine kiras, traditional dress worn by women. The Dzongkhag is also famous for a locally sweet made from sugarcane known as Tsatsi Buram.