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Myanmar Festival

January

Myanmar Festivals

   

Htamanè Festival (nation wide)

Myanmar's traditional delicacy is ceremonially prepared on the fullmoon day of Tabodwè.Htamanè is glutinous rice fried with coconut, sesame seeds, peanuts, ginger and oil. The sticky rice is kneaded, crushed and the ingredients are mixed in huge frying pans, the first portion is offered to Lord Buddha at the pagodas and monasteries and to monks and elders. A traditional Myanmar delicacy, Htamanè is wholesome and a delicious snack which goes well with plain hot green tea. 

Anada

Myanmar Festivals

Ananda Pagoda Festival (Bagan)

There are evening entertainments such as a variety show of dances, songs, drama; fun fair; sale of local and traditional products. The most interesting site of this includes the caravan of bullock-carts in the Pagoda compound. 

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February

Myanmar Festivals

   

Mahamuni Pagoda Festival (Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay)

Monks chant Buddhist scriptures nonstop; the evening entertainments such as zats and anyeints, a performance of dances, songs and plays. And stalls selling a variety of Myanmar snacks and a communal offering of dry rational food and essentials are given to the monks in the nearby monasteries. 

indawgyi

Myanmar Festivals

   

Indawgyi Pagoda Festival (Kachin State)

The largest lake in Myanmar situated approximately 100 miles far from Myitkyina; five hours drive up to the Indawgyi Lake. This festival lasts ten days. One amazing thing is that two sandbanks emerged before the festival begins, making it easy for the pilgrims to walk from the bank to the Pagoda. There is a belief that one passage is for human use and the other for Sprits. Shortly after the festival, these two sandbanks would just disappear into the lake. 

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March

Myanmar Festivals

   

Shwedagon Pagoda Festival (Yangon)

Shwedagon Pagoda Festival
It is held on the full moon day of Tabaung (approximately March) and is one of the biggest events. During this festival, visitors can get a feel of the spirituality of the people of Myanmar by participating in the events and temple fairs; and observing the rituals. 

April

Myanmar Festivals

   

Thingyan (Water ) Festival (nation wide)

Thingyan, Water Festival and Myanmar New Year
Myanmar people celebrate the famous Water Festival called "Thingyan" throughout the country for four days in the month of April. One cannot avoid getting very wet because everyone throws water at each other. People drive through the city in open cars and there are pavilions along the street where people throw water.

Myanmar New Year's Day

Myanmar Festivals




Myanmar New Year's Day (nation wide)

 

 

Myanmar New Year Day is an auspicious day for all Buddhists. Throughout the country where family merit making is performed at all pagodas, monasteries and Home for the Aged.

popa

Myanmar Festivals

Popa Nats or spirits Festival (Mt. Popa)



Popa Mountain Nat Pwe (Festival of the Spirits) where Nat dances are performed at Mt. Popa. 

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May

Myanmar Festivals

Kason Fullmoon Day (Watering of the Sacred Bo Tree) Festival (nation wide)

Kason Fullmoon Day
The Kason festival of watering the Sacred Bodhi (Bayan) Tree symbolizes the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist event and many processions are held at temple grounds throughout the country. 

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June

Myanmar Festivals



Nayone Festival of Tipitaka

Nayone Festival of Tipitaka
 

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July

Myanmar Festivals

Waso Fullmoon Day

Start of the Buddhist Lent 
Alms giving ceremonies including offering of robes and other essentials to the monks at pagodas, monasteries and even at homes.
 

August

Myanmar Festivals

Taung Pyone Festival

It is a popular festival of Nat (Spirit) held in Taung Pyone near Mandalay. According to tradition, this is the time of the year when the Nats (Spirits) are believed to bring prosperity and success to the worshippers. It lasts for five days, every day with special programs.

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September

Myanmar Festivals





Thadingyut Festival of Light.

A traditional festival marking the end of Buddhist Lent
It is one of the most prominent of the year where pagodas, houses and streets are brilliantly illuminated. It is not only a time of joy but also thanksgiving and paying homage.

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October

Myanmar Festivals

 

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

The famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is held at Inle lake once a year.The five Buddha images are placed on a decorated royal barge and taken around the lake, stopping at villages for people to pay homage. The procession of the Inle leg-rowers are held in full pageantry and ceremonial splendor and it is a sight not to be missed.

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Myanmar Festivals






Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival

Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival is a yearly cultural highlight of Kyaukse; located 26 miles to the south of Mandalay. A huge elephant figure is made from bamboo and paper. Men take their places inside the figure and imitate and coordinate the movements of the dancers, assisted by a small number of musicians. The festival is celebrated on the day before the fullmoon of Thadingyut (October). As the day progresses, it is getting more and more crowded because people from nearby villages and as far as Mandalay come to Kyaukse and join in the festivities.

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November

Myanmar Festivals

Tazaungdine Festival of Lights & Weaving Ceremony

The robe weaving ceremony is held on the eve of the day before the full moon of Tazaungmone (November). This is a competition for the weaving skills between teams of women to complete special saffron-coloured robes, called "Ma Tho Thin Gan" (non stale robe) from the evening till dawn. At dawn,the prizes are given to the winners and the finished robes are offered to the Images of Lord Buddha.This festival lasts for about three days.
 

hot air

Myanmar Festivals

Hot Air Balloon Festival

A Traditional Shan Festival where the various competition of hot-air balloons attached to firecrackers are performed at night time on the full moon day of November. At day-time, there is a competition of decorated hot-air balloons in different shapes and forms of mythological birds as well as animals such as elephants, etc. 

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December/January

Myanmar Festivals

Kachin Manaw Festival (Myitkyina ,Kachin State)

The Kachin Manaw Festival is celebrated to commemorate any joyous or auspicious occasion like a bountiful harvest, happy marriage or a house-warming.

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Myanmar Festivals

Naga New Year (Lahe)

The Naga New Year Festival is held every year in January in Lahe, Sagaing Division. There is great feasting and joy, and tribes walked for days over mountains to join the revelries. The visitors also participate in the festivities. The national races wear their own national costumes, handed down from generation to generation. At the New Year celebrations, endless cups of rice wine are drunk, bison and wild boar meat roasted and eaten. Traditional dances are also performed to the beating of drums.

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