Wangdu phodrang Tshechu

Wangduephodrang in central Bhutan is famous for Lozeys or Ornamental Speeches. The Dzong served as the administrative centre and was built in 1639 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel at the confluence of Puna Tsang Chu.

The annual Wangduephodrang Tshechu was introduced by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal after the completion of the dzong. The three-day annual Tshechu is attended by people from Punakha and Thimphu and provides the people with an occasion for merrymaking and revelry. The Tshechu is known for the Raksha Mangcham or the Dance of the Ox. It concludes with the unfurling of the Guru Tshengye Thongdrol where people throng to receive blessings.

Note:  Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag Dzong was burnt to the ground on the 24th of June 2012.  Re-building of Dzongs has started and some of portion have completed. After the fire the Tshechu was held at the nearby Tencholing Army ground in Wangduephodrang.

Day 1         

Dance of the Lord of Death and his Consort (Shinje Yabyum)

The Dance of the Four Stag (Shacham)

Dance of the 21 Black Hats (Shana)

Dance of the 21 Black Hats with Drums (Shana Nga Cham)

Dance of the Three Kinds of Ging (with sticks, with swords, with drums) (Peling Ging Sum)

Kyecham (accompaniment dance)

Dance of the nobleman and the Ladies (Phole Mole)

Dance of the Stag and the Hounds (Shawa Shachi)

Day 2

Dance of the Lords of the Cremation Grounds (Durdag)

Dance of the Terrifying Deities (Tungam)

Dance of the Raksha from the monastery of Dole (Dole Raksha Cham)

Dance of the Rakshas and the Judgement of the Dead (Raksha Mangcham)

Dance of the Drums from Dramitse (Dramitse Nga Cham)

Shawa Shachhi – Lencham : Dance of the Stag and the Hounds (IInd part)

Day 3

Dance with Guitar (Dranyen Cham)

Dance of the Heroes (Pachem)

Dance of the Lords of the Cremation Grounds (Durdag)

Dance of the Ging and Tsholing

Dance of the Eight Manifestation of Guru Rimpoche (Gguru Tshen Gye)

Detail of each dance would be sent on request.