Kurjey Festival in Bumthang



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Kurjey Festival in Bumthang. Festival is celebrated in the popular Kurjey temple in Bumthang. People of Jakar and Kurjey villages attend the tshechu to pay obedience to Guru Rinpoche who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. It is a one-day festival and the Chams include Guru Tshengye and Shinjay Chhamperfomred by the monks of Kurjey Lhakhang. It is then closed with the unfurling of the Giant Buddha/Guru Thangka painting known as Thongdrel.

The Kurjey Festival in Bumthang is a significant religious celebration held in the beautiful district of Bumthang, Bhutan. Bumthang is known for its stunning landscapes, ancient temples, and vibrant culture. The Kurjey Festival is one of the most important events in the region and attracts both locals and tourists alike.

Apart from the religious aspect, the Kurjey Festival also serves as a social gathering, allowing people from different villages to come together and enjoy the festivities. Local arts and crafts are showcased, and traditional Bhutanese cuisine is served, giving visitors a taste of the country’s unique flavors.

For travelers seeking an authentic cultural experience in Bhutan, attending the Kurjey Festival in Bumthang is an excellent choice. It provides a glimpse into the deep-rooted traditions and spiritual practices that are an integral part of Bhutanese life. As with any religious event, visitors are encouraged to show respect and observe the local customs and traditions during their participation in the festival.

When does the Kurjey Festival takes place?

The festival takes place at Kurjey Lhakhang, a sacred monastery that holds deep historical and spiritual importance. The monastery is named after Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, who is revered as the “Second Buddha” in Bhutan. Guru Rinpoche is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century.

Kurjey Festival in Bumthang Highlight

  • The unfurling of Giant Painting for blessings.
  • Meeting local people from all walks of Life.
  • Witness the secret dance of different manifestations of Guru.

Kurjey Festival dates

The festival date for 2023 falls on the 28th of July and 16th June in 2024.

How to Reach Kurjey Lhakhang?

Kurjey is located in Bumthang which is 8 hour drive from Thimphu. The best way to reach Bumthang is to take a domestic flight from Paro. It takes about 25 minutes to reach Batpalathng airport in Bumthang.


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