16th – 20th April
Ura is an Alpine haven in the central district of Bumthang which is often dubbed the ‘Switzerland of Bhutan’. Ura valley is known for its cozy farm-house settings and the simplistic way of life of the pastoral community. The commune of Ura gather together annually to observe and celebrate the Yak Choe.
As in all other festivals, masked dances and age-old folk songs are performed; however, unlike other festivals where the masked dances are performed by monks, in this festival all performances are by the villagers themselves to much amusement and amazement of the spectators. Offering of libation (usually, the locally brewed wine) – to both locals and tourists – is commonplace and accepted.
You are welcomed just like one of their own. Atsaras or Jesters will incessantly amuse and entertain you with their antics.