A Thongdrel is a large tapestry unveiled during the Paro tsechus. They are equivalent to Tibetan thank paintings, depicting seated Guru Rinpoche surrounded by holy beings. The Thongdrels are displayed once a year as the highlight of the tsechu festival at the closing day. The painting is not allowed to be exposed by the direct light, thus it is unfurled at around 02h30 and rolled back up by 07h30.
If you decide to participate, the earlier you attend, the greater the chances of getting up close and under the tapestry inside to make a prayer. There are thousands of people so patience is a must but it is well worth it.
Once the light comes up, the people begin to enjoy the festivities and collection of stories told by dancers.
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