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Myanmar Festivals

(Ordered by month)

Myanmar is one of the great countries where many gracious and meaningful festivals are held. It is a land of people learned Buddhism since many centuries ago; that makes varieties of Buddhist celebration in many local ways according to place’s habitat. And hill tribes, known as minority of population, also possess particular celebrations; for example New Year of Naga tribe in Naga land, could mark Myanmar Festivals as unique. Thangyan@ Water Festival could be defined as the most dominant in the heart of people not only for religious meanings, but also for its characters such as joy and peace.

You are kindly requested to contact us in order that your stay could be coincided on the same period of such Myanmar wonderful festivals in different areas because most of these festivals are held according to our lunar Myanmar calendar.

 
January

Ananda Pagoda Festival
Place            : Ananda Pagoda Precincts in Bagan, Central Myanmar.
Date             : 26 Dec 2007 till 10 Jan 2008
Duration       : 16 Days
Theme         : Anniversary of pagoda construction since old times of Royal Kingdom. The biggest religious event in Bagan; many invited Buddhist monks are coming to receive the bowls of alms filled with crops offered by donors. Not only religious aspects, but also outstanding commercial activities around the Place           for several days, so that socio-economic exchange can be noticed.
Highlights    : Many bullock carts belong to villagers who come for pilgrimages are particularly attractive for professional photographers.


Manaw Festival
Place            : Myitkyina, regional capital of Kachin State, Northern Myanmar.
Date            : 10 January 2008
Duration       : 1 Day
Theme        : Most interesting and significant celebration of all races of Kachin State for New Year, reunion, high prosperity for future, performed as Manaw dance which is accompanied by sounds of brass gongs, circular line of dancers approaching to huge and colorfully decorated Manaw poles erected at the center of Manaw ground (actual football stadium?). Everyone can be invited to enjoy with them in the dancing line.
Highlights   : Traditional costumes & symbolic designs painted on the poles are particularly Highlights   for visitors.


Naga New Year Festival
Place            : Appointed town of Chin State, near India border, North-Western Myanmar,
Date            : 12 January till 16 Jan 2008
Duration       : 5 Days
Theme        : Thanksgiving celebration to Mother Nature@ New Year Festival of Naga, one of the vanishing hill tribes of Indian-Myanmar border natives, known as fierce warriors, head-hunters, and animists for many years ago in the past. Now, they are getting more civilized since recent past. During this festive time, ritual chants and dances collectively performed around the symbolic New Year pole at the center of the ground.
Highlights   : Physical features of Naga men carrying shields and spears wearing head-dresses decorated with animal horns, fur, and feathers etc are unique; highly recommended for those whose interests on photography, anthropology, history etc…

February

Mahamuni Pagoda Festival
Place           : Mahamuni Pagoda Precincts in Mandalay, central Myanmar.
Date            : 14 Feb till 29 Feb 2008
Duration       : 16 Days
Theme        : Annual pagoda festival with two distinctive activities; one is the contest on glutinous rice delicacy that is made at full-moon day eve. Incense burning ceremony in the large amount of flame at the full moon day as symbol of perfumed heat to sacred Buddha image of Mahamuni.
Highlights   : Glutinous rice delicacy contest would be highly enjoyed by funs.

March

Pindaya (ShweOoMin) Cave Pagoda Festival
Place           : ShweOoMin Cave Pagoda at Pindaya, Inle region, Shan State.
Date            : 18 Mar till 22 Mar 2008
Duration       : 5 Days
Theme        : Anniversary of pagoda construction since old times of Shan Chefs. Varieties of animation could be seen around and inside the cave pagoda.
Highlights   : Native hill tribes from Pindaya & environs with full costumes are most attractive for observation upon ethnic life of Myanmar.


Bawgyo Pagoda Festival
Place           : Bawgyo Pagoda Precincts at Thibaw, Northern Shan Stae.
Date            : 16 Mar till 21 Mar 2008
Duration       : 6 Days
Theme        : Like Pindaya cave pagoda festival, it is also the anniversary of pagoda construction since old times of Shan Chefs. Varieties of animation could be seen around and inside the pagoda.
Highlights   : Native hill tribes from villages around Thibaw with full costumes are most attractive for observation upon ethnic life of Myanmar.


Taboung Festival
Place           : Nation-wide in Myanmar.
Date            : 21 March 2008
Duration       : 1 Day
Theme        : Celebrating the full-moon day of Myanmar lunar calendar’s last month, Taboung which is said that the most beautiful since old times. World famous Shwedagon Pagoda Festival is the most known on that occasion.
Highlights   : Colorful local visitors in many sacred Buddhist monuments can be observed for their rituals.


Kakku pagoda Festival
Place           : Kakku Pagoda Precincts, near Taunggyi, East of Inle, Shan State.
Date            : 18 Mar till 22 Mar 2008
Duration       : 5 Day
Theme        : Celebrating the full-moon day of Myanmar lunar calendar’s last month, Taboung which is said that the most beautiful since old times. Hill tribes, especially Paoh women of those wear cotton black jacket, come for auspicious day.
Highlights   : Colorful tribes with ox carts are camping under giant banyan trees are the most interesting.

April

Myanmar New Year Festival@ Water Festival@ Thingyan
Place           : Nation-wide in Myanmar.
Date            : 11 Apr till 20 Apr 2008
Duration       : 10 Days
Theme        : Buddhist Myanmar New Year celebrations mainly with water-throwing to each others’ shoulder as a sign of purification of mind before entering New Year in few days. It lasts for 4 days. In the big cities, many animations especially pandals for water-throwing & entertaining such as dancing, singing are full of hundreds of funs. Old aged people are used to go to monasteries for meditative goal.
Highlights   : Almost entire week, no work at all in all sectors, everybody enjoys full of happiness. Visitors could participate in this socially joyful rare occasion in major cities, especially in Mandalay where most fascinating animations & pandals could be discovered around the old palace.

May

Shitt Thaung Pagoda Festival
Place           : Shitt Thaung Pagoda Precincts at Mrauk-Oo, Rakhine State, Western Myanmar.
Date            : 19 May 2008
Duration       : 1 Day
Theme        : Anniversary of pagoda construction since old times of Rakhine Kings. Ritual religious ceremonies are held during the festival.
Highlights   : Rakhine traditional boxing shows are fascinating to all visitors.

August

Taung Byone Nats Festival
Place           : Taung Byone village, near Mandalay, Central Myanmar.
Date            : 9 Aug till 16 Aug 2008
Duration       : 8 Days
Theme        : This most famous festival, ritually held, is in Taung Byone village, just 1 hour drive from Mandalay, in upper Myanmar. It lasts five days and every day has special spiritual programs mainly related to 2 brothers Nats, most outstanding legendary sprits in Myanmar, who were executed in that place.
Highlights   : t is a kind of festival where especially youngsters are merry and enjoy drinking and where people of all ages can join in the Nat dance.

October

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival
Place           : On Inle Lake, Southern Shan State.
Date            : 30 Sep till 17 Oct 2008
Duration       : 18 Days
Theme        : The biggest religious festival on Inle Lake. The sacred Buddha images from Phaung Daw Oo pagoda are placed on a decorated royal barge and taken around the lake, night stops at villages for people to pay homage. The festival is full of pageantries, and there are fun fairs, music, dances and boat races.
Highlights   : Unique royal procession of barge moved forward only by hundreds of leg-rowers, Intha people.


Thadingyut @ Lighting Festival
Place           : Nation- wide in Myanmar.
Date            : 13 Oct till 15 Oct 2008
Duration       : 3 Days
Theme        : Meaningful Buddhist religious ceremony at the end of rainy days, Full-Moon day of this month is believed that Buddha returned to the earth from his journey to celestial worlds in the sky. To welcome back him, elegant decorations with colorful lighting are made everywhere in the places of Buddhists. Children and young-children pay homage to old persons in the families on this full-moon day as traditional way of respect. Music, dance, and many animations are abundant in the cities.
Highlights   : Almost every building is decorated with several designs of lighting in evening which make beautiful scene for photography and good time for strollers.


Elephant Dance Festival
Place           : Kyauk Se Myo, South of Mandalay, Central Myanmar.
Date            : 13 October 2008
Duration       : 1 Day
Theme        : During Thadingyut @ Lighting Festival, Kyauk Se Myo, a small town at 40 km south of Mandalay is well reputed for her feature of festival, elephant dance which is performed by two men inside the live-size paper elephant magnificently decorated and painted. Teams of contest do their best-elephant.
Highlights   : Acrobatic skill of elephants while dancing is surely main theme. Rare chance to take pictures for such festival in Myanmar.

November

Hot-Air Balloon Festival
Place           : Taunggyi, capital of Shan State.
Date            : 6 Nov till 12 Nov 2008
Duration       : 7 Days
Theme        : Traditionally, various competitions of hot- air balloons can be seen in day and night. At day-time, see the competitions of decorated hot-air balloons in different shapes and forms of animals such as elephants, horse, cattle, pig mythical Hintha bird and hen etc. Also see the fireworks and firecrackers of hot air-balloon at night time.
Highlights   : Night festive event is really fascinating with its Shan traditional music, in the cool atmosphere of high land.


Thanbodde Pagoda Festival & Phowingtaung Caves pagoda Festival
Place           : at Phowintaung, near Monywa, west of Mandalay.
Date            : 7 Nov till 12 Nov 2008
Duration       : 6 Days
Theme        : Anniversary of pagoda construction with the usual entertainment provided.
Highlights   : Myanmar Thanaka, sandalwood and woven textiles (cotton blankets and longyis mainly) can be bought at the various stalls around the pagoda area.


Dazaungdaing Festival
Place           : Nation- wide in Myanmar
Date            : 11 Nov till 13 Nov 2008
Duration       : 3 Days
Theme        : Collective offering ceremony to the Buddhist monastery, commonly called "Kathein" and every local hope – at least once in his/her life – to participate in this event. Many locals of different status offer yellow robes & other items such as slippers, umbrellas, alms bowls and other domestic articles to the monks. Especially Sagaing Hills, near Mandalay, attract quite some crowds, as it is known as the Buddhist Place           of retreat per excellence in the country with a concentration of monasteries, nunneries and pagodas in that area. Many people (even from Mandalay) go and spend the whole night (preceding full moon day) in Sagaing.
Highlights   : The procession with “Kathein” offerings is very charming to see while coincided during your stay at every place.

  • Shin Mar le Pagoda Festival(Lotus flower throwing festival)
    Celebrated at the time of the Tazaungdaing Festival. People throw with lotus flowers towards the top of Shin Mar Le stupa, located at the northern entrance of Great Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay, as a special homage to the Lord Buddha.

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival
Place           : Shwezigon Pagoda Precincts at Bagan, Central Myanmar.
Date            : 5 Nov till 20 Nov 2008
Duration       : 16 Days
Theme        : Anniversary of pagoda construction since old times of Royal Kingdom. One of most impressive religious events in Bagan; many invited Buddhist monks are coming to receive the bowls of alms filled with crops offered by donors. Not only religious aspects, but also outstanding commercial activities around the Place for several days, so that socio-economic exchange can be noticed.
Highlights   : There are evening entertainments such as Pwe: (a variety of dances, songs, short and long plays), Anyeint (a performance of a few hours in which a number of "jokers" caricature current situations and or person strung together by a traditional dancer) in the open air.

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