Festival In Myanmar
Kachin Manaw Festival
Location: Myitkyina, Kachin State.
When: 10th January 2008
This festival was celebrating a sacrificing-cum dancing
best known as Manaw to propitiate or exercise numerous.
Nat (spirits) the spectacular carnival held in every
10th of January is the festival to celebrate a victory
or achievement where the young and old, the great and
simple gather in true community spirit.
Ananda Pagoda Festival
Location: Ananda, Bagan.
When: 8th waxing day of Pyatho and ending of full moon
day of Tabodwe 23 days festival. Bowls of alms filled
with donated items are offered to monks who all wait in
a long line. People who live villages near and far come
with bullock carts outings come and enjoy.
Location: Mahamuni precinct, Mandalay.
When: 14th waxing day of Tabodwe and full moon day of
Glutinous rice delicacy contests are held late on 14th
waxing day of Tabodwe. In the morning of 15th waxing
day, offer it to the Buddha. Thousand of people from all
over the country make the pilgrimage to the Pagoda. The
evening entertainment includes a variety of dances,
songs, short and long play, open air movies and many
stalls selling up various traditional snacks and other
Naga New Year Festival
Location: Khamti, Lahe, Lashi (Sagaing)
When: 12th – 16th Jan 2008
The authentic Naga Hill Tribes (about 68 different
groups) wear their respective traditional costumes to
participate this important festival. They worship to
their deities by scarifying the animals. Their
traditional dance, martial music and cults of animism
are unique and interesting. The festival days are 14 &
15 of January
Mawtinsun Pagoda Festival
Location: Pagoda point, Pathein
15 days festival. Pilgrimage and recreation go together
at this seashore. Long and secluded beach stretch
between pagoda point and cape Negrais is haven both for
beach lovers and beach bums alike.
Indawgyi Pagoda Festival
Location : Moe Nyin, Kachin State
8 days ceremony. The ceremony is sponsored by Kachin
Buddhists. In summer, a footpath leading to the pagoda
surfaces enabling pilgrims to walk to the pagoda.
Usually the pagoda is surrounded by a large volume of
water, in the Indawgyi Lake.
Shwemawday Pagoda Festival
Location : Bago
When: 8th waxing day of Tagu to 5th waning day of Tagu
13 days ceremony. Vendors come from far and near and
build temporary shops made of bamboo to sell their local
products as is the usual case of a pagoda festival in
Myanmar. Dancing troupes perform onstage for a whole
night. Theatrical artists perform on stage with full
force to show, their competitive edge over their
counterparts and to win future performance.
Location: through out the country
When: 12th to 17th April 2008
The festival is held prior to Myanmar New year to clean
away evil deeds of the past year with water. Youths go
out for enjoyment while elders take retreat in
monasteries and pagoda precincts to perform meritorious
deeds. People build temporary pavilions and from there
throw water at passer by and revelers going around in
open cars and trucks. Traditional foods are offered as
donation to whoever passing by. In the evening dancing
troupes go round in decorated floats to compete in
dancing and rap style satirical singing contests held
through out the city.
Myanmar New Year’s Day
Location : throughout the country.
When: 17th April 2008
Buddhists young and old alike, spend the day performing
meritorious deeds such as releasing animals, offering to
monks, paying homage to elder, etc..
Popa Nats or Spirit Festival
Location : Mt. Popa
When: 3rd waning day of Kasone
Pilgrim from all over the country pay respect to Mt.
Popa Nat Shrines, (a spirit – the black smith Maung Tint
Te, Min Maha Giri) ) who killed by King of Tagaung for
his strength. Bagan King made a place as shrine for him
and effectively starting the official worshop of Nat in
Myanmar, Nat believes from all over the country to come
and pay respect to Mt. Popa and the Nat shrines.
Kason Fullmoon festival or watering of the sacred Bo
Location : throughout the country
When: Full moon day of Kasone
This day is not only the Buddha birthday but also
attained Buddha hood while sitting in meditation under a
Bo Tree and attained Nirvana at the aged of 80 years.
Full moon day of Kasone is one of the holiest day of the
year of Buddhist. And this month is hottest month in
Myanmar. That's the reason for puring the water on the
Bo Tree. Women carry small water pots on the heads and
go to Bo Tree in processing to pour water. Men accompany
eith them playing traditional musical instruments.
June & July
Dhama Sakya Day (Shwedagon and other famous pagodas)
Location: throughout the country
When: Full moon day of Waso
This day commemorates the Lord Buddha's first sermon (Dhama
Sakya) to his five disciples. It is also first day pf
Buddhist Lent during which the monks are prohibited to
travel and sleep outside of their monasteries. The holy
day's religious activities can be found at the precincts
of the famous pagodas and monasteries featuring;
delivering sermons by Buddhist monks, reciting Pali
verses praising Lord Buddha, offering meals to the
Waso Robe Offering (Nation Wide)
Location: throughout the country
When: During the month on Waso
The month of Waso in Myanmar calendar is associated with
the offering of Waso Robe to the Buddhist monks viewed
precursor to the Buddhist lent, not later than the
full-moon day of Waso. After this day, the Buddhist
monks are forbidden to travel and are required to spend
lent in their monasteries. The robes are offered to use
during the period of retreat.
Taungbyone Nats or Spirits Festival
Location : Taung byone, Mandalay
When: 8th waxing day of Wagaung to the full moon day of
6 days ceremony. The most famous of the Nat festival in
Myanmar. Held for worshipping two Taung Byone spiritral
figures. Major gathering spot for spiritual medium.
Spiritual dances are rampant. This event is visited by
all over the country who worship Nat, especially the
traders and merchants who want help for more profits.
Yadana Gu Nat Festival
Location: Ratanagu Pagoda, Amarapura Township, Mandalay
When: 8th waning day of Wagaung to 15th waning day of
This is a festival to honor the mother of two Nat
brothers of Taungbyone. Known as mother of Taungbyone
festival. Most enjoyable because of the rowing boat trip
to the site. The festival is held annually in honor of
Popa Maedaw, Me Wanna who came back from Taungbyoune
Festival, on her way back to Mt. Popa, she held halted
at the Yadana Gu as her transit-camp.
Thadingyut Festival or Festival of light
Location : Throughout the country
When: 14th waxing day to 1st waning day of Thadingyut
3 days festival. To make the day Lord Buddha came down
from the celestial Abode after spending 3 months of the
Buddhist Lord there. Buddha’s return is remembered and
commemorated throughout the country with colorful
illuminations. It is the end of the Buddhist Lent and is
also one of the most prominent festival of the year.
Pagodas, houses, public buildings, parks, and monuments
are all illuminated and there is various kind of
everyone to enjoy. Thidingyut is not only for joyous but
also thanksgiving and paying homage to Buddhist monks,
parents, teachers and elders and asking pardon for
whatever misdeeds might have committed during the year.
Shwezigon Pagoda Festival
Location : Nyaung U (Bagan)
23 day festival. Candle lights and fireworks are carried
in procession before offering to the pagoda.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival
Location: Inle Lake, Shan State
When: 1st waxing day to 2nd waning day of Thadingyut
The famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is held at Inle
Lake once a year. The four 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. Thousands of people of Shan state attend
this most holy of Shan celebration.
Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival
Location: Kuaukse, 26 mile, south of Mandalay, Mandalay
When: 14th waxing day of thadingyut
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. 2 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 full moon 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
Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) Festival
Location : Kyaikhto, Mon State
When: Full moon day of Thadingyut
Approximate 9 month long season. The boulder standing on
the edge of a peak in the highest mountain range, is
said to be freely hanging over the cliff. Famous as
pilgrimage and holiday outing spot.
Hot-Air Balloons Festival
Location : Taunggyi, Shan State.
When: 12th waxing day to full moon day of Tazaungmone
6 days festival. Typical Pa-oh festival. Hot-Air
Balloons made of bamboo and paper are released day and
night, competing over their beauty and the altitude they
gain. Day time flying is meant for competition of animal
figures and night time is for beautiful fireworks.
Kayin New Year Day
Location : Pha-an in Kayin State and Arlain Ngarsint in
Speeches by Kayin elders followed by group dances.
Location : Among Christian community in Yangon and
Christianity is the second largest religion in Myanmar