Tshechu is a religious festival which are held annually in various temples, Monasteries and Dzongs throughout the country.
Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances festival also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment. It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins.
Every mask dance performed during a festival has a meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages they are performed jointly by monks and village men.