Ananda Pagoda Festival

This is one of the most famous pagoda festivals in Began: one of the Asia’s most amazing and richest archaeological sites. The Ananda temple is said to represent the endless wisdom of the Buddha and an architectural wonder in a fusion of Mon and adopted Indian style of architecture. Ananda Pagoda suffered considerable damage in the earthquakes in 1975. Ananda Pagoda was built by King Kyansittha in 1090 the finest largest and best preserved of all the Bagan temples.
The Ananda Pagoda Festival is said to have been going on continuously since the Bagan period. It is usually falls on January every year. The busiest day of the festival is on the full-moon day of the lunar month. Long ago, people from many villages around Bagan came to the festival in bullock-carts and made camps for the whole duration of the festival. Even now some villagers still come to the festival in this traditional way. Visitors can absolutely enjoy the traditional lifestyle of the locals of Bagan during this festival.

  • Date : full moon of Pyatho to 15th waning of Pyatho
  • Location : Bagan
  • Duration : 15 days



Kachin Manau Festival

Among seven states and seven divisions of Myanmar, Kachin State is the only state which has Myanmar’s highest mountain, Hkakabo Razi; snow-capped mountains in the far north. It is also where the confluence of the Maykha and Malikha rivers gives rise to the mighty Ayeyarwady. The six different ethnic sub-groups belong to the Kachin; their dresses are colorful but different and their dialects also differ. But they share the tradition of the Manau Festival which has been held for more than three decades.

The men look warrior-like with their swords held in front and the women in their colorful and varied national costumes are captivating. Of the variety of Kachin dances, the Manau dance is performed at Manau festivals, which originated as part of the Nat or spirit worship of the past. Any one, irrespective of race, religion or status, is welcome to participate in this traditional dance festival. It is a very pleasant enjoyable way to get to know at first hand the culture and traditions so dear to the heart of the Kachin peoples.

  • Date : usually around first week of January
  • Location : Myitkyina (Kachin State)
  • Duration : 1 Day


nagaNaga New Year Festival

The term “Naga” refers to the ethnic tribal people who live North Eastern part of India and north-western of Myanmar. Naga people are organized by tribes differentiated by language and some traditions. They have a strong warrior tradition. Naga New Year Festival is one of the rarest ceremonies in Myanmar. There are more than 49 different clans with their own distinctive dresses and dialects.

They pray to have good crops and fair climate and to be freed from all kinds of sickness and epidemic. It was in this festival, the family members, relatives and friends from far and near happily meets with each other. In this festival, the Nagas sing melodious songs and folk dances that mark Naga traditions and culture. In this festival, the Nagas learned the lessons from past difficulties and they are proud of their success that they have achieved. They eat and drink together; they sing and dance together. The Visitors will be enjoy taking part in this Naga New Year Festival together with Naga people and see the situation, cultures and customs of the areas around Naga.

  • Date : usually around January 12th – 14th
  • Location : Lathe or Layshi, Sagaing Region
  • Duration : 3 Days


mahamyatmuni1_cutMaha Muni Pagoda Festival

Maha Muni Buddha Image is highly venerated as it is said to be made in front of Buddha himself and thus its face is most revered. The image is completely covered with 15cm-thick gold. February is the coldest month in Myanmar and at the Maha Muni Pagoda Festival Devotees light bonfires and cook huge pans of sticky rice with ginger, coconut and sesame to offer to monks.

  • Date : 14th waxing and full moon day of Tabodwe
  • Location : Mandalay
  • Duration : 2 Days




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Thingyan (The Water Festival) is the most interesting and greatest occasion for merry-making with the largest number of people taking part in it throughout the country.

During Thingyan Festival, people pour water over one another to the melodious tunes of singing and dancing at the decorated pavilions. Pouring water signifies cleansing the body and mind of evils of the past year.

During these auspicious days, Myanmar people perform a lot of meritorious deeds to usher in the New Year such as keeping Sabbath, going to pagodas and monasteries, offering food and alms to monks, paying respect to parents, teachers and elders, setting free fish and cattle and so on. Thingyan is a distinctive festival which is always awaited with great joy and excitement by Myanmar people every year.

  • Date : usually 13th – 17th April (New Year Day)
  • Location : throughout the country
  • Duration : 4 or 5 Days


kason02_cutRitual of Pouring Water on the Bodhi Tree

This ritual commemorates the date 2,500 years ago when the Buddha gained enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi tree.

Pilgrims pour water on the Bodhi trees in pagoda compounds to keep them fresh in the summer heat of May.

  • Date : full moon day of Kason
  • Location : at pagodas throughout the country
  • Duration : 1 Day



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Waso Chinlone Festival of Mahamuni Buddha Image in the year 2009 stretched for 48 days. It was the 81st game held annually since 1926, the largest sport event of its kind, participated by 1220 Cinlone teams. The players had travelled across from all corners of the country to pay homage to the most revered Shrine and to convene in tribute, the game of Chinlone. It is believed that this game has taken root in Myanmar for more than 1,500 years. During the festival of Mahamuni Buddha Image, as the grandeur of game call for, chinlone contest is performed with live music of Myanmar saing-waing (traditional orchestra) and running commentary.

  • Date : after the full moon day of Warso
  • Location : Mahamuni Pagoda compound, Mandalay
  • Duration : 48 Days



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Taung Pyone is the site where two brothers serving a king of Bagan in the 11th century were executed. They became powerful spirits or Nats. This festival in their honor is attended by tens of thousands of mediums and worshippers. During the festival, toddy palm wine, whisky, rum, grilled rabbit and fried chicken are offered to the two spirit brothers. Orchestras come to play for the mediums who dance to make the spirits joyful.

  • Date : 8th waxing to full moon day of Wagaung
  • Location : Taung Pyone Village, near Mandalay
  • Duration : 8 Days



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This festival commemorates the time when the Buddha returned to earth after preaching in the abode of celestial during the three months of Lent. He descended at night and devotees greeted him with lamps and lanterns. People decorate their houses with candles and colored lanterns to symbolize this event. The festival of Light marks the end of Lent.

  • Date : around the full moon day of Thadingyut
  • Location : throughout the country
  • Duration : 3 Days




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On the first day, colorfully decorated elephant figure made of cloth and bamboo with two men inside compete in dance competitions. The elephant with the best dance performance and behaviors wins the gold. Food and flowers are offered to the pagoda on the second day.

  • Date : around the full moon day of Thadingyut
  • Location : Kyaukse, about 40km southeast of Mandalay
  • Duration : 2 Days




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The most spectacular event of the year is the Hot Air Balloon Festival held every November in Taunggyi commonly called the Taunggyi Tazaungdaing Festival. Thousands of local pilgrims and international tourists choose to visit Taunggyi, especially to watch scores of giant paper animals being inflated and floated off into the sky. The competitions run during the day and at night when the sky is colorfully illuminated with hot air balloons. Hot air balloons are in the shape of elephant, ox, horse, water buffalo, bird, pig, fish, owl and parrot are sent up into the sky.

  • Date : full moon day of Tazaungmone
  • Location : Taunggyi, southern Shan State
  • Duration : 3 Days



weaving_cutAll Night Robe Weaving Contests

In the evening of the full moon day, teams of weavers compete to finish a monk’s rube during the night, to be offered to Buddha images at dawn the next day. It is a major event at the Shwedagon Pagoda. This ritual was once practiced both in the palace during the time of monarchy and villages.

  • Date : full moon day of Tazaungmone evening
  • Location : Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon and other pagodas throughout the country
  • Duration : the whole night




279596108_e6d14ca7b6_cutGolden Rock Pagoda Festival

On the platform of the Golden Rock (Kyaik Htee Yoe) Pagoda, devotees light nine thousand lamps to welcome the new year and to give thanks to Buddha’s peaceful doctrine. The magical Golden Rock Pagoda which sits on the top of a huge boulder covered with gold leaf and perched on the edge of the cliff.

  • Date : December 31st evening
  • Location : Golden Rock (Kyaik Htee Yoe) Pagoda, Mon State
  • Duration : 1 Day