Bhutan Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Bhutan’s majority Public Holidays are based on Buddhist spiritual and cultural observances.
  • In Bhutan’s Labour & Employment Act of 2007, employees entitled to minimum 9 paid Public Holidays and annual leave, inclusive of the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King and the National Day
  • If employee require to work on a Public Holiday, he / she entitled to 1.5 pay of his normal wages

DateDayHoliday
January 2017
2 JanMonWinter Solstice (Nyinlong or Nyilong) - Nyinlong is considered the most auspicious day of the year. It is celebrated like new year among some western Bhutan, though more so in the central and eastern regions, where the shortest day of the year is marked with archery and feasting.
28 JanSatTraditional Day of Offerings - This is special day to give thanks to Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder of Bhutan. It also focuses on charity, particularly feeding others, and recreation. The day is celebrated with feasting and traditional sports, including archery, digor, and darts
February 2017
21 FebTueBirth Anniversary of Fifth King HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck - February 21–23 are holidays commemorating the birth anniversary of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck the 5th and current Druk Gyalpo
22 FebWedBirth Anniversary of Fifth King HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck - February 21–23 are holidays commemorating the birth anniversary of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck the 5th and current Druk Gyalpo
23 FebThursBirth Anniversary of Fifth King HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck - February 21–23 are holidays commemorating the birth anniversary of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck the 5th and current Druk Gyalpo
27 FebMonLosar - New Year. 1st month and 1st day in the calendar. Festivities last 15 days. In Bhutan, different communities celebrate Losar at slightly different times and refer to the holiday by particular local names. The common Losar greeting is "tashi delek". Year of the Fire Female Bird
28 FebTueLosar - New Year. 1st month and 1st day in the calendar
May 2017
2 MayTueBirth Anniversary of Third King HM Jigme Dorji Wangchuck - May 2 is the birth anniversary of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck the 3rd Druk Gyalpo, who began Bhutan's first steps toward modernization
5 MayFriShabdrung Kurchoe - Shabdrung Kurchoe marks the passing of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1651 at Punakha Dzong. It generally falls in April or May (4th month, 10th day of the calendar). The holiday is a national day of mourning
June 2017
9 JunFriParinirvana of Buddha - Commemorating the nirvana of Gautama Buddha
July 2017
3 JulMonBirth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche - Marks the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche (also known as Padmasambhava), the saint credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century AD
27 JulThursFirst Sermon of Lord Buddha - Marks the first sermon of Gautama Buddha at Sarnath
September 2017
23 SeptSatBlessed Rainy Day - This is auspicious day with feasting, drinking alcohol, playing traditional sports, and purification through washing. In some parts of Pemagatshel, the traditional celebrations are more intense than those of even Losar
26 SeptTueThimphu Drupchen Dromchoe - First introduced by Kuenga Gyeltshen in 1710, who was recognized as the reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, son of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel. The dromchoe is celebrated 3 days prior to the Thimphu Tshechu
30 SeptSatDashain - Nepalese Festival. During this holiday, houses are cleaned and re-plastered, gifts are exchanged, and families gather
30 SeptSatThimphu Tshechu - Thimphu Tshechu celebrates annually, 3-day Buddhist festival that has been held in Bhutan’s capital city of Thimphu every year since 1867
October 2017
1 OctSunThimphu Tshechu - Thimphu Tshechu celebrates annually, 3-day Buddhist festival that has been held in Bhutan’s capital city of Thimphu every year since 1867
2 OctMonThimphu Tshechu -Thimphu Tshechu celebrates annually, 3-day Buddhist festival that has been held in Bhutan’s capital city of Thimphu every year since 1867
November 2017
1 NovWedCoronation of Fifth King HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck - Coronation ceremony was held on 1 November 2008, an auspicious year that marked 100 years of monarchy in Bhutan
10 NovFriDescending Day of Lord Buddha or Lhabab Duchen - Marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s descent from the heavenly realm to the earth
11 NovSatBirth Anniversary of Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck / Constitution Day - Under this king and at his behest, the Constitution of Bhutan was enacted
December 2017
17 DecSunNational Day - Marks the coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck as the first Druk Gyalpo of modern Bhutan

DateDayHoliday
2 JanTueWinter Solstice (Nyilo)
17 JanWedTraditional Day of Offerings
16 FebFriLosar (New Year. Year of the Earth Male Dog)
17 FebSatLosar (New Year. Year of the Earth Male Dog)
21 FebWedBirth Anniversary of Fifth King HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
22 FebThursBirth Anniversary of Fifth King HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
23 FebFriBirth Anniversary of Fifth King HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
25 AprWedShabdrung Kuchoe
2 MayWedBirth Anniversary of Third King HM Jigme Dorje Wangchuck
22 MayTueLord Buddha's Parinirvana
23 JunSatBirth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche
16 JulMonFirst Sermon of Lord Buddha
15 SeptSatThimphu Drupchen Dromchoe (For Thimpu only)
19 SeptWedThimphu Tshechu (Thimphu only)
20 SeptThursThimphu Tshechu (Thimphu only)
21 SeptFriThimphu Tshechu (Thimphu only)
23 SeptSunBlessed Rainy Day
19 OctFriDashain (Nepali Festival)
31 OctWedDescending Day of Lord Buddha
1 NovThursCoronation of Fifth King HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
11 NovSunBirth Anniversary of Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck / Constitution Day
17 DecMonNational Day

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