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Read about important public holidays in Kingdom of Bhutan here.

Bhutan Holidays

The major holidays and the popular public holidays in Bhutan include:

  • Birth Anniversary, Coronation and Death Anniversary of Third King HM (His Majesty) Jigme Dorje Wangchuck.
  • Birthday of HM (His Majesty) Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the current ruler, on 11th to 13th of November.
  • Coronation Day of HM (His Majesty) Jigme Singye Wangchuck, on 2nd of June.
  • Independence Day on 8th of August, when Bhutan got independence from India.
  • National Day of Bhutan on 17th of December, when Ugyen Wangchuck became the first hereditary king.

Apart from these, traditional Buddhist holidays, the main religion of Bhutan, are also observed, such as the:

  • Birthday of Drukgyal Sumpa,
  • Birthday of Guru Rinpoche,
  • Blessed Rainy Day,
  • Dashain,
  • Day of Offerings,
  • Descending Days of Lord Buddha,
  • First Sermon of Lord Buddha,
  • Lord Buddha's Parinirvana,
  • Losar (New Year),
  • Shabdung Kuchoey,
  • The Meeting of Nine Evils,
  • Thimphu Tsechu,
  • Thimphu Tsechu Domchoe, and
  • Winter Solstice.

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