Thimphu Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals in the country. It is held for three days, beginning on the 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people, most of which travel from neighboring Dzongkhags to attend the festival. The Thimphu Tshechu experienced a severe change in the 1950’s, during the reign of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, introduced several Boed Chhams (mask dances performed by lay monks). This Tshechu is also seen as a break from farm life and an occasion to celebrate, receive blessings and pray for health & happiness.