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The public holidays of Bhutan comprises both national holidays as well as the local festivals better known as Tshechus. National holidays are observed throughout the country while the local festivals are celebrated region wise and at particular times of the year. Since Bhutan has its own calendar, dates of some national holidays as well as the festivals change every year. The following 16 are the national holidays that are observed by the government of Bhutan:
Bhutanese festivals or Tshechus are known for their magnificence, liveliness and cheerfulness. Most of the festivals are dedicated to Guru Rinpoche and comprise mystical dances, fearless fire events, and numerous engaging performances. There are more than 40 different major festivals in Bhutan from which every traveler should at least try not to miss a few of the following: