The Jambay Lhakhang Festival is a religious festival held in the Bumthang district of Bhutan every year in the 8th month of the Bhutanese calendar, which is usually between September and October. The festival is held to celebrate the founding of the Jambay Lhakhang temple, which is one of the oldest and most important temples in Bhutan.
The festival is a colorful and lively affair, with traditional dances, music, and masked performances. The main event of the festival is the cham dance, which is a sacred dance performed by masked dancers. The cham dance is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to the community.
Other events of the festival include:
- A procession of monks and villagers around the temple
- A fire puja, or fire blessing, to purify the community
- A market selling traditional Bhutanese food, handicrafts, and souvenirs
The Jambay Lhakhang Festival is a great opportunity to experience Bhutanese culture and religion. It is a colorful and lively event that is sure to leave a lasting impression.