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First Sermon of Lord Buddha

The First Sermon of Lord Buddha, also known as Drukpa Tshe Zhi, is an important cultural holiday in Bhutan. It is celebrated on the fourth day of the sixth month of the Bhutanese lunar calendar, which usually falls in July. This holiday marks the anniversary of the first sermon given by Lord Buddha in the Deer Park in Isipatana, India, over 2,500 years ago. The sermon also marks the creation of the Buddhist ‘sangha’ or ‘monkhood.’ On this day, Bhutanese people visit various temples, monasteries, and Dzongs and offer prayers. The First Sermon of Lord Buddha is an important day for Buddhists and is a non-working public holiday in Bhutan.