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Holiday Calendar for Bhutan for 2023-2024 year
Culture in Bhutan is celebrated and displayed throughout the year, most excessively in festivals and auspicious days in the Buddhist calendar. Help us Help us 

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2023-2024 year

October 2023

Saturday 21 October - Dashain (is celebrated by the Buddhist, Hindus and Kirats of Nepal and the ethnic Nepali speaking Indian Gorkhas of Darjeeling hills, Sikkim, Dehradun, Kumaun & Gadwal and other North-Eastern states of India and among the Lhotshampa of Bhutan and the Burmese Gurkhas of Myanmar)

November 2023

Wednesday 1 November - Coronation of the fifth Druk Gyalpo in Bhutan (འཇིགས་མེད་གེ་སར་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་དབང་ཕྱུག་ - King Jigme Khesar Namgyel's)
Saturday 4 November - Lhabab Duchen or Descending Day of Lord Buddha (Celebrate on the twenty second day of the ninth month of the Buddhist calendar)

December 2023

Sunday 17 December - National Day in Bhutan (celebrates its National Day on 17 December, in commemoration of the day in 1907 when Gongsar Wangchuk was crowned the first king over a united Bhutan)

January 2024

Tuesday 2 January - Nyinlong in Bhutan (or Winter Solstice. Dzongkha: ཉིན་ལོང་, Wylie: nyin long "return of the sun")
Friday 12 January - Traditional Day of Offerings in Bhutan (celebrated on the first day of the twelfth month of the Bhutanese calendar. In eastern Bhutan, the first day of the 12th Bhutanese month is celebrated as a New Year)

February 2024

Wednesday 21 February - King's Birthday in Bhutan (Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk was born on February 21, 1980); Birth Anniversary of Fifth Druk Gyalpo in Bhutan (celebrated until February 23)

April 2024

Thursday 18 April - Death Anniversary of Zhabdrung (Zhabdrung Kuchoe, the death anniversary of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, is a day in Bhutan to pay homage to the Bhutanese leader who first united Bhutan as a nation state. This important day is annually marked on the 10th day of the 3rd month of the Bhutanese calendar)

May 2024

Sunday 12 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Thursday 23 May - Buddha's Parinirvana in Bhutan (is a Buddhist festival that marks the death of the Buddha and his achievement of Nirvana)

June 2024

Sunday 16 June - Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche in Bhutan (is on the 10th day of the 5th lunar month)

July 2024

Wednesday 10 July - Buddha's First Sermon in Bhutan (The day is celebrated according to the Buddhist Calendar, on the fourth day of the sixth month)

August 2024

Thursday 8 August - Bhutan Independence Day (from India, since 1949)

September 2024

Monday 9 September - Thimphu Drubchen in Bhutan (is precedes the popular three-day Thimphu Tshechu festival. The Drubchen showcases the sacred dances dedicated to the protecting deity of Bhutan)
Monday 23 September - Blessed Rainy Day in Bhutan (a holiday marks the end of the monsoon season in the country. On this day, all natural water resources in the state are considered sanctified)
Tuesday 24 September - Thimphu Tshechu in Bhutan (starts on the 10th day of the 8th lunar month. The three-day religious event plays an important role in the lives of Bhutanese people as it is an opportunity for the Buddhist followers to immerse and cleanse themselves of the bad Karma and to remind them of what to make of their lives)

About some bhutanitis traditions

Culture in Bhutan is displayed in attire, architectures, daily rituals, languages and as simple as behavior among each other.

The word “Bhutan” translates to “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” It earned the nickname because of the fierce storms that often roll in from the Himalayas.

For a small country located between two most populated countries of the world, India, and China, the preservation and promotion of its distinct cultural identity are seen as an important means for its survival as an independent and sovereign Kingdom.
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