Ura Yakchoe Festival

Held every May in Ura Valley, Bumthang, the festival is famous for the Ura Yakchoe dance. During the festival, a sacred relic is displayed and attendees receive blessings from it.

Legend has it that a monk asking for a drink of water visited an old woman. When she came out of her house with the water, the monk had vanished leaving behind a bag in which she found the statue that is now displayed annually. The relic, which has been passed on from generation to generation, is still owned by the woman’s descendants.