Festival are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. Many exciting festivals take place throughout the country annually. Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “tenth day” held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs (type of fortress) and various districts corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche. Tshechu’s are celebrated on the 10th day of the month but the month varies from place to place, monasteries to monasteries and dzongs to dzongs. In addition to the mask dances performed by the monks, tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment by the local communities or scholars from Royal Academy of Performing Arts under Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs. Large markets also congregate at the fair locations, leading to brisk commerce during tshechu’s. The Thimphu tshechu and tha Paro tshechu are among the biggest of the festivals in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.