Punakha Drubchen Tsechu Festival

The Punakha Drubchen is unique for the fact that it includes the enactment of the battle scene between Bhutanese and Tibetan armies from the 17th century. The ‘pazaps’ are the local militiamen, dressed in traditional battle gear. The victory of the Drukpa soldiers who volunteered in the absence of a standing army ushered in a period of newfound internal peace and stability.