Festival In Myanmar

Myanmar Main Festivals in 2019 by month (dates may be approximate, dates change each year)

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Karen New Year Festival

Overview Hpa An, Kayin State Speeches by Kayin elders followed by group dances.

Shwemyethman Pagoda Festival

Overview Shwe Taung (Near Pyay) This one of the famous pagodas located in Shwe Taung. Unlike other Buddha image, Shwe Myet Hma Buddha Image is with a pair of spectacles.

Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival

Overview Sagaing, Mandalay Caravans of bullock-carts which carry devotees and local products arrive to join one of the most famous festivals of Central Myanmar.

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Overview Taunggyi This is the most spectacular event of Myanmar where thousands of locals and tourists visit Taunggyi to enjoy this balloon launching competition during festival. Traditionally the festival is held to pay homage to the Sulamuni Pagoda in the heaven by sending up lighted hot air balloons. During the festival, large hot-air balloons of [...]

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival

Overview Bagan This is a great fair for locals where there are evening entertainments such as Zats(drama), A-nyeints (traditional dance) as well as popular movies shown in open air. On full moon day there is communal offering of food and articles to the monks from nearby monasteries.

Pho Win Taung Ceremony

Overview Pho-Win-Taung, Monywa This is a famous pagoda festival in Monywa with traditional entertainment and shops.

Tazaungdaing Festival

Overview Taunggyi In the month of Tazaungmone, we have lighting festival which is knonw as Tazaungdaing festival. This festival is not only lighting festival but also celebrates religious activities. During this festival Myanmar Buddhist people celebrates offering ceremony of robes to the monks and paying a greater attention to the needs of the monks. At [...]

Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Festival

Overview Mandalay A festival centred on the Buddha image which was carved from a single piece of marble stone. There is an annual competition of Chin Lone teams.

Thadingyut Festival

Overview Countrywide This festival commemorates the event when the Buddha’s descent from the heaven after he preached the Abhidhamma to his mother, Maya, who was reborn in the heaven. During the festival days, Buddhists illuminate and festoon streets, houses and buildings with colored electric bulbs and candles. Buddhists go to pagodas and monasteries to light [...]

Dancing Elephant Festival

Overview Kyaukse, Mandalay Colourfully decorated elephants of life-size made of paper and bamboo and carried by two men inside, dance around the town and compete in dancing.

Mya Tha Lun Pagoda Festival

Overview Magwe One of the famous pagodas in the region and its festival serve as a great fair for exchange of locally produced goods. Early morning rice offering to hundreds of monks and lighting of thousands of candles are main attractions.

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival

Overview Kyaikhtiyo Kyaik Hti Yo Pagoda (Golden Rock)is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrims site in Myanmar. The pagoda is located on the top of a big balancing boulder located on the edge of a cliff. Many local pilgrims and tourists visit this amazing pagoda and it is very crowded especially on the full [...]

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

Overview Inle Lake Inle Lake is famous for its five Buddha images. During the festival, four Buddha images are taken around the lake on a Karaweik royal barge, tugged by leg rowed boats. Thousands of devotees residing in or around Inle Lake bring offerings in their boats and pay homage to the passing by Buddha [...]

Yadana Gu Nat Festival

Overview Amarapura, Mandalay This is a festival to honor Mae Wunna, the mother of the two Taung Pyone brothers.

Shwe Kyun Bin Ceremony

Overview Mingun, Mandalay This is a festival to worship Nats who are keepers of Ayeyarwady River. After harvest season, many farmers come together to worship Nats to give them a good harvest for the next season.

Taung Pyone (Nat Festival)

Overview Taung Pyone, Mandalay This is the most famous of the Nat(Spirit) festivals in Myanmar and is held for worshipping two Taung Pyone Brothers. The event is visited by tens of thousands of visitors and spiritual mediums.

Warso Full Moon Festival

Overview Worldwide After Buddha had attained Enlightenment, he preached his first sermon, the Dhammasekya, to his first five disciples on the full moon day of Waso. It is also the first day of the Buddhist Lent during which the monks are prohibited to traveland sleep outside of their monasteries. Devotees perform holy robe donation ceremonies [...]

Shittaung Pagoda Festival

Overview Mrauk U This is a famous pagoda festival in Rakhine State which includes boat races, traditional wrestling and water splashing activities.

Thihoshin Pagoda Festival

Overview Pakokku The Thiho Shin Buddha Image festival is the most important pagoda festivals to all the towns west of Ayeyarwady River. The Buddha image was donated by King of Ceylon hundreds of years ago.

Wicker Ball Ceremony

Overview At Mahamuni Precinct, Mandalay Chin Lone is one of the traditional sports in Myanmar. Hundreds of chin lone teams from all over the country come up to Mandalay to compete in this festival. Chin Lone contests for individuals and teams are played with live music from a Sine-Wine, Myanmar traditional orchestra.

Thingyan Festival

Overview Countrywide This festival is the most interesting and joyous occasion for all Myanmar people. Pouring water means cleansing one’s body and mind of evils in the past year. During festival days, the roads and streets are crowded with people splashing water on one another. Some people go around the town on open trucks while [...]

Popa Ceremony (Nat Festival)

Overview Mt Popa, Near Bagan This is one of the important Nat festivals in Myanmar to workship spirits of Maung Tint De and his sister Shwe Myet Hna, guardians of ancient city of Bagan where their statues can still be found on sides of Tharabha Gate in Bagan.

Kason Full Moon Festival

Overview Countrywide This ceremony is to commemorate the attainment of enlightment by Buddha under the sacred Bodhi Tree. Buddhists flock to pagodas and monasteries to pour water on the Bodhi trees to gain merits.

Shwe Ket Yet Pagoda Festival

Overview Amarapura – Mandalay It is a pagoda festival for water pouring on the sacred Bodhi tree on the 14th waxing day of Kason, a day before normal water pouring day.

Shwesayan Pagoda Festival

Overview Pathein-gyi, Mandalay Many visitors come to visit the festivals. One of the main attraction is toys woven with palm fronds.

Boe Boe Gyi Ceremony

Overview Al-Lone, Monywa Alaungdaw Khathahpa Pagoda hosts two festivals each year: one on the full moon day of Tabodwe and one of the following month on the full moon day of Tabaung. At the festival in Tabodwe, 9000 illuminated candles are offered together with glutinuos rice while at the second festival in Tabaung, a large [...]

Bawgyo Pagoda Festival

Overview Hsipaw – Shan State This is a historic pagoda festival in Shan State where you can observe Shan tradition, culture and customs which are different from those in central Myanmar.

Shwedagon Pagoda Festival

Overview Yangon Shwedagon Pagoda is most famous pagoda in Myanmar. During the festival, tens of thousands of people from all over the country come to the festival. There is an overnight contest using traditional looms to weave holy robes to offer the Buddha images and the monks recite Holy Scriptures for 24 hours throughout the [...]

Kakku Pagoda Festival

Overview Near Taunggyi Kakku area has about 3000 ancient stupas surrounding a pagoda hill. Pa Oh people from all the surrounding villages come to pay homage to the pagoda.

Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda Festival

Overview Bago This is the most famous pagoda festival in Bago region with many theatre troupes performing their art and dance.

Ko Gyi Kyaw Gu-Ni Festival

Overview Magwe The ceremony is devoted to Nat(Spirit)of U Min Kyaw also known as Ko Gyi Kyaw and has interesting activities such as Nat dance, cock-fighting and re-enactment of Ko Gyi Kyaw’s legend. Many people around the country come to the festival.

Maha Muni Pagoda Festival

Overview Mandalay Maha Muni Buddha Image is one of highly revered Buddha images in Myanmar. Devotees light bonfires and hold glutinous rice delicacy contests called, Hta Ma Nae Pwe, where huge pans of sticky glutinous rice with ginger, coconut and sesame are cook by teams of strong men. After the rice is cook, it is [...]

Maw Tin Zun Pagoda Festival

Overview Near Pathein This is only seaside pagoda festival in Myanmar which attracts many visitors who came to pay homage to the pagoda located at shoreline of sea and buy traditional items such as famous Pathein Htee (parasol)made of wood, bamboo and cotton.

Kyaik Khauk Pagoda Festival

Overview Thanlyin, Yangon It is one of the famous festivals around city of Yangon with shops and entertainments which include traditional Myanmar drama and dance, called Zat Pwe and A-nyeint, music shows and movies all night long.

Pakhan Ko Gyi Kyaw Festival

Overview Pakhan, Yezagyo The ceremony is devoted to Nat (Spirit) of U Min Kyaw also known as Ko Gyi Kyaw and has interesting activities such as Nat dance, cock-fighting and re-enactment of Ko Gyi Kyaw’s legend. Many people around the country come to the festival.

Pyi Daw Pyan Pagoda Festival

Overview Zalun, Ayeyarwaddy Division This is one of the renowned Buddha Images in Myanmar with a famous legend. When the British occupied Myanmar, they tried to bring back the Zalun Pyi Taw Pyan Buddha Image to England in order to use the bronze from Buddha in their mint. However, the British could not melt or [...]

Pindaya Cave Festival

Overview Pindaya Pindaya Cave is famous for thousands of Buddha images which have been consecrated for workship over centuries. During the festival, many ethic groups such as Shan, Pa-O, Palaung, Taung Yoe, Intha, Danu people as well as thousands of visitors come to participate in the event.

Kachin Manaw Festival

Overview Myitkyina – Kachin State The Kachin people from northern part of Myanmar are a major ethnic group of the country. All the Kachin people including those who are staying abroad will come back to their motherland to celebrate this New Year festival and participate in Manaw Dance.

Ananda Pagoda Festival

Overview Bagan Ananda Pagoda festival is one of the most famous pagoda festivals in Bagan and it is said to have been celebrating continuously since the ancient time of Bagan. People from villages around Bagan would come to the festivals in bullock-carts and make camps for the whole duration of the festival. Bowls of alms [...]

Naga New Year Festival

Overview Lahe/Lashi, Sagaing Division Naga New Year festival is one of the most breathtaking events of Myanmar. The Naga are one of Myanmar national races who live in Naga land, north-west of Myanmar. The festival is celebrated by about 49 different Naga clans with their own different dialects and costumes decorated with colorful ornaments, animal [...]

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