Gomphu Kora Tsechu Festival

Gomphu Kora is a small hamlet that lies 23 kilometres from Trashigang Dzong and two kilometers from Duksum.

Legend has it that in the 8th century AD an evil spirit escaped from Samye in Tibet when Guru Padmasambhava was spreading the Dharma in the Himalayas. It followed the course of the present-day Kholongchhu stream and concealed itself inside a rock where Gomphu Kora stands today. The Guru followed the evil spirit, meditated for three days inside the rock cave and finally vanquished it.

Presently, a chorten has been built on the site to commemorate the triumph of good over evil

The biggest attraction of Gomphu Kora is the circumambulation. People from as far as Arunachal Pradesh come to attend the three-day religious festival

The Kora is held on the 8th day of the second month of the lunar calendar.

Chorten Kora Tsechu Festival

Legend has it that the Chorten Kora was built at a site where a young khando (dakini) from Tawang agreed to be buried alive therefore devotees from Arunachal Pradesh also flock to Trashiyangtse to attend this festival. Dakpa Kora is held on the 15th day of the 3rd lunar month corresponding to 28th February and Drukpa Kora (circumbulation by the Bhutanese) is held on the 30th day of the same month corresponding to 15th March every year.

Sakteng Tsechu Festival

The three-day Sakteng Tsechu is held each year at the Sakteng Lhakhang situated just next to the village. This is the time when Brokpas who come dressed in their traditional attire engage in rounds of local wine (ara) and indulge in merry making. The Yak dance and the Ache Lhamo dance are special dances performed only at the Sakteng festival.

Mongar Tsechu Festival

Mongar is the fastest growing district in eastern Bhutan with the Tshanglas and Kurtoeps mainly inhabiting it. The ruins of the Zhongar Dzong, one of the oldest monuments in the country, can be seen on the Mongar-Bumthang highway.

The new Mongar Dzong was built in 1953 at the command of the third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

The annual three-day Mongar Tsechu is held every November at the Mongar Dzong and people from as far as Trashigang and Lhuentse come to take part in it.