The most famous festival is the Paro Tsechu, usually held in March or early April. As with all festivals in Bhutan the day is filled with traditional masked dances, depicting demons, heroes, animals and wearing brightly coloured brocade outfits. The highlight of the Paro Festival is the raising of a large Thangka, a Buddhist painting, which is displayed on the side of the monastery for one day each year.
The Haa Valley Summer Festival is a great opportunity for visitors to learn about the nomadic lifestyle of the herders. Alternatively the Black Necked Crane Festival held in the courtyard of Gangtey Gompa celebrates this endangered species that makes the Projikha Valley its home each winter.
Festivals are taken very seriously in Bhutan so wear your best clothes and remember to pack your camera!