Kachin, the one of the largest ethnic races
of Myanmar,celeberate their harvest or
New Year festival, by gathering different
races all over the land to celebrate,
feast, dance and share a good time
with all of their clans.The traditional
Manaw poles decorated in Kachin motifs
are in the centre of the festival compound
where the dancers dance around to show of
gratitude to their ancestral spirits and
their wish for a bright future. All the
visitors are warmly welcome to join the dance.
The festival usually hold one day ahead of
Kachin State day, 10 Jan. But they celebrate
once in 4th year or 10th year. So interested
ones should contact with us to confirm the estimated_date.
With 30 clans, Naga celeberate the
New Year festival by flocking at one of
their towns to sing, to perform tribal
dances with loud beating of drums and
feast with rice wine roasted meat.
Dressed in their fanciest costumes,
parade into town after walking
several days over mountains and
through valleys. In the festival,
one will see the most different
costumes as there is many main
clans with splinter groups of
tribes that usually do not share the
same language. One can also enjoy
Naga’s unique songs and dances that
may never be seen before.
A unique and very important Buddhist festival in central and upper Myanmar. Hundred of oxen carts are traveled days to get to the venue from various village of the dry plane of Myanmar. Bowls of alms are offered to Buddhist monks who all wait in a long line. In the evening, an entertainment show is made which includes tradition dancers and joker performing traditional dances, songs, short and long plays.This show is called Anyeint. This festival gives you a great exposure of the Pilgrimage traveling style and holiday outings on country oxcarts.
Estimated date: Full moon day of Pyatho to 15 waning of Pyatho
Maha Muni Buddha image is highly venerated one as it is said to be made infront of Buddha, so its face is most revered. The image is completely covered with 15 cm-thick gold.In February, the coldest montth of Myanmar,Incense sticks and bonfire are burnt in large flame in symbolic of offering heat to the great image. Devotees cook huge pans of Htamane(Glutinous rice) to offer the image and the monks. During these festival thousands of people from all over the country make the pilgrimage to the Mahamuni Pagoda. In this festival, one can enjoy Myanmar Anyeint, various kinds of Myanmar snacks displayed in continuous rows of long tables and and other Myanmar products.
Estimated date: 14th Waxing and Full moon Day of Tabodwe
Traditionally, it is held on the full moon day of this month as the harvest festival when people rejoice in the combined communities preparation and distribution of glutinous rice delicacy or feast of Htamane. Usually Htamane is cooked in the night before the Full moon day and offered to the Buddha and to the monks. One should not miss this opportunity to sample the delicious Myanmar delicacy consisting of glutinous rice freckle of coconut, sesames seeds, peanuts, ginger, and oil, which is specially prepared for the feast.
Kyaik khauk Pagoda is a replica of the Shwedagon pagoda. It is a famous festival around Yangon. Maintaining the heritage of donating drinking water to all by descendants of the first donor family is amazing. The atmosphere at the Festival of the Golden Hilltop of Kyaik Khauk Pagoda is similar to a fun fair. A long market is at the foot of the pagoda which sells local food, ceramic and clay pots of all sizes, furniture and bamboo mats. Villagers near by and people from Yangon comes and enjoys the festival.
Estimated date: 8th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Tabodwe
Shwe Sattaw pagoda is situated at the bank of the Mann creek. The pagoda enshrined two footprints of the Lord Buddha: one on the hill is called Ahtet Set Taw Ya, and the another one at the foot of the hill is called the Auk Set Taw Ya. Yearly Mann Shwe Sattaw Pagoda Festival is held between February to Middle of April.During the festival, the area is filled with religious pilgrims through out the country. Beside Mann creek ,temporary bamboo houses are built for visiters to lodge during the festival. One can wander around the stalls which sell various kinds of traditional handicrafts and herbs. You can also get to eat and rest in these stalls. The water of Mann creek is crystal clear and cool just enough to refreshes the exhausted one by bathing in it.
Estimated date: 5thWaxing to Full Moon Day of Tabodwe
Typical Taung Yoe pagoda festival. Different ethnic minorities can be seen. On full moon day, offerings are made by the native tribes such as Danu, Pa-O, Taung Yoe and Palaung. Festivities include performances with roaming artisans and the festival market. During the festival at the Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Cave in Pindaya thousands of devotees throng the cave to pay homage to the pagoda. One will find hundreds of small stalls selling delicious local foods, Shan handicrafts, all kinds of cheroots (Myanmar cigars),and Shan umbrellas.Tribes from all over Shan State join this festivity in their colourful costumes.
Estimated date: Full Moon day of Tabodwe & Tabaung
Alaungdaw Kathapa Pagoda (lighting) Festival is held on the full moon day. It is crowded with the local people from surrounding area and far distances. The festival is held by lighting to the Pagoda and National Cave
Estimated date: Full Moon day of Tabodwe & Tabaung
Shwedagon Pagoda is the landmark of Yangon and the most well-known throughout the country. Pilgrims all over the country flock in this festival to pay homage every day and their donations go towards the preservation of the pagoda. There is a competition to weave the holy robes using traditional looms to be offered to the Buddha Images at the four corners of the pagoda before dawn. Monks recite the Holy Scriptures 24 hours continuously throughout the duration of the festival.
Kakku Ancient Pagoda Complex, clustered more than 3000 pagodas are grouped on a small hillock overlooking the Hopon Valley. Some come in bullock carts while others arrive by more modern conveyances, on the village tractor.The most interesting time to visit this place is to get there before dawn of the full moon day of Tabaung where the Pa O people in all their finery come with gaily decorated trays bearing morning food offerings. Traditional Pa O Theatrical performances and singing contests are included.
Monywa is a bustling typically up-country town 136 km north-west of Mandalay and its Thanbodday Pagoda complex, built around 1940, reputedly has 582,357 Buddha images of all sizes. Like other pagoda festival with the usual entertainment provided. Myanmar thanaka (sandal wood) and woven textiles (cotton blankets and longgyis mainly) can be bought at the various stalls around the pagoda area.
Estimated date: 12th Waxing day to fullmoon day of Tabaung
The festival is usually held at Maw Tin Zun Pagoda in Pathein on February. The pagoda was put up at the shore line of the sea, and our mind can be refreshed inhaling the fresh air of the sea while going to the pagoda by boat. At the time of the festival, the pagoda is very inspiring of the very bright candle light and pushing among the crowd toward the pagoda along the shoreline and seeing the shops selling Burmese traditional umbrellas, we call them Pathein Hti in Burmese, experiences a person difficult to forget the savor.
Estimated date: 8th Waxing day to Full Moon day of Tabaung
In Yae-Za-Gyo Pakhan,Magwe Region, the animists(people who believed in Nat tradition) yearly celebrate this famous festival.People from all over Myanmar always come to the festival during that time. Interesting wearing styles, spirit mediums dancing with the special music played for Nats at the propitiation of Nats, Nat statues as the same size as man, the amazing wisdom of Nat beliefs make attractive figures for the people in Myanmar and even foreigners.
Estimated date: 3rd Waxing day to 10th Waxing of Tabaung
Shwe Maw Daw pagoda is a 376 feet high and Gold-covered pagoda.Theatrical artists perform on stage with full force to show their competitive edge over their counterparts to win future performance contracts.
According to Myanmar lunar calendar, New Year Days fall on every second week of April. Myanmar people all over the country celebrate the New Year Festival by throwing water to each other for three days before the New Year Day meaning to wash out all the moral dirt and sins of the old year. As such, the Myanmar New Year Festival is also known as Water Festival. It has been celebrated in Myanmar over 500 years ago. In Myanmar this festival is called ‘Thingyan’ which means “moving from one year to another”. According to the ancient tradition of Myanmar, there is a belief that one may commit sins the whole year and that these sins could be washed away during the festival and purified both in mind and spirit by throwing one another with Thingyan Water. Moreover, there’s also a custom in Myanmar to set free live fish and cows during the festival.
Pouring water the Sacred Bo Tree symbolizes the Birth, Enlightenment and Passing away of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist holiday and belles go in procession to the pagoda grounds throughout the country with pots of water and thousands of oil-lamps or candles to be lit.
Pakokku is an old traditional town on the western bank of the Ayeyawady River. This is Paying homage to the image presented by the King of Ceylon some 800 years ago.This pagoda festival is the most important for all towns west of the Ayeyawady and products from the region, such as dried chili, homespun baskets and tobacco are sold every year at this huge country fair. The best thanakha trees, the bark of which is pounded to make the purely organic make-up cream used by many Myanmar women, grow in this area.
Fullmoon day of Waso is the day Buddha preached his first sermon or the Dhammasekya is commemorated. Monks are confined to the monastery by Buddhist code of conduct during the 3-month long Buddhist lent. Religious ceremonies are held at monasteries to offer holy robes to the monks.
This festival is known as the major gathering spot for spiritual mediums. It is a famous Nats (spirits) Festival held in Taungpyone near Mandalay. According to tradition, the homage-paying festival is held annually to appease the Nats (spirits) as it is believed that the Nats can fulfill one’s wishes, protect from ill-fate and danger, and bring good luck, prosperity and progress. Although Myanmar Buddhists are not particularly spirit worshippers, thousands of country folks and town people, their joyous, light-hearted and merrymaking can be found in this particular festival.
Estimated date: 8th Waxingday to FullMoon day of Wagaung
Maha Manuha Pagoda festival is celebrated on one day before the full moon day of Tawthalin and the full moon day at Myinkaba Village, Bagan. During two days festival, pretty village girls dressed in their best parade with trays of fruit and cakes to offer at the pagoda. During the afternoon, young men parade larger-than-life papier mache figures they have made of heroes, celestials and animals. At night, they put on dances and plays. The next morning at dawn they offer food at the shrine and also to the monks.
Estimated date: One day before the Full Moon Day of Tawthalin
Bo Min Khaung is remembered for his higher attainment in mediation practices. He was said to have found the way out of the worldly sufferings.For the remembrance of Boe-Min-Khaung, the one famous of having magical power, the festival is celebrated in Mount Popa, a site for ecotourism in Myanmar. The festival is eminent and alive with the teeming crowd as many people from different parts of the country come to it.
The holy images of the Buddha (four of the five images) of Phaung Daw Oo are placed on a decorated royal golden barge called Karaweik (Mythical Bird) and towed by leg-rowers to villages around the lake and stopping at each village and overnight for local villagers to pay homage. The villagers greet the arrival of the holy images with ceremonies and they are much rejoicing while the holy Buddha images are at the Villages. Thousands of people from communities around the lake and villages in the surrounding mountains carry fruits and flowers on lacquer trays in their own boats and pay homage as the holy barge passes by. There always is a famous and fascinating boat race where teams of the traditional Inle Lake’s famous leg-rowers zealously compete for the pride of their regions.
Estimated date: 1Waxingday to 3Waning day ofThadingyut
The festival is celebrated, like other pagoda festivals in Myanmar, at Mya-Tha-Lon pagoda, which is situated on the bank of Ayeyarwaddy river, in Magway. The festival is alive with the mass of people who are offering nutrients to Buddhist monks as well as 9000 oil lamps to the pagoda, and the view of those enormous lamps creates implausible beauty of the pagoda together with the pleasant night scenes of the Ayeyarwaddy. Massive crowd, Burmese conventional operas and many shops along the lane near the pagoda bestow participants unforgettable motion and experiences. The scenic beauty of the pagoda, situated on the riverbank, is dramatic.
Estimated date: 10Waxingday to FullMoonday of Thadingyut
By October, the lashing rains of the Myanmar monsoon have ceased and the three months of Buddhist Lent ended with the Full Moon of Thadingyut. The month also has the celebration of the Light Festival. The Festival is not only a time of having fun and joy but also a time of Myanmar people pay obeisance to respected older members of the family or the community and receives their blessing in return. End of Lent also means the end of restrictions on holding weddings, moving house, travelling of monks and annual festivals of pagodas. During the festival, houses and streets in cities and towns in Myanmar are brilliant by illuminated lights.
Estimated date: 1 day before the Full Moon of Thadingyut
This unique and exotic elephant dance held at Kyaukse, a small town not far from Mandalay. A huge but light elephant figure is made with bamboo and paper. Men take their places inside the figure and dance around the town to the accompaniment of Dobat and Drums. The elephant dancers circle three times at the foot of the hill to pay homage to the Shwethalyaung Pagoda. It is a dance that requires precise rhythm and timing in order for the elephant dancers to maintain uniformity inside the elephant figure. Numerous life-size paper dummy elephants sing and dance to the accompaniment of music.
Estimated date: 1 day before the Full Moon of Thadingyut
Annually on the 14th of Thi-din-kyut, at Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda in Mandalay, it is held partaking by huge amount of audience. Kyauk-Taw-Gyi Buddha image, which was sculptured from only one vast marble stone was donated by King Min-Don, the famous one in Burmese history who was very keen in religious affairs, in 1864. Being kept going for 14 days, the celebration is one of the enjoyable festivals of Buddhist people in Myanmar.
Indein is one of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. A Buddha image has enshrined at a whitewashed stupa. which is on the summit of a hill. Below the stupa around the hill are cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas most are ruins overgrown with bushes. The pagoda hill is quiet and calm.Buddhist ceremony is held at unique site of old sharine complex in Inle Lake.
Candlelight's and fireworks are carried in procession before offering to the pagoda. Usually held in Nyaung Oo, the festival is interesting of the crowd, walking around the pagoda, lighting oil-lamps and candles, with the strong belief of Burmese Buddhist tradition. On the day before the last day of the event, donating food to monks is as usual annually. Also, the circles of bullock-carts, the tradition and customs of the villages in central Myanmar surely fascinates all visitors who are at the festival willing to observe and take part in it.
Estimated date: 9thWaxingDayto Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
The Taunggyi hot air balloon festival is one of the biggest festivals in Myanmar. On the occasion people enjoy fun and merriment by holding firework-launching competitions. The firework is in the form of rockets. There is also hot balloons competitions on the day and night occasions. Day balloons are usually in the form of Pagodas, and animals such as elephant, dragon or ducks while the night balloons usually in the shape of rugby ball, huge elongated paper balls with small lighted multicolored paper lanterns hung around their sides and balloons would sting along fireworks and fire sticks which are set off mid-air fireworks. The festival is attended not only by Taunggyi Citizens but also by people from southern Shan State and from many different places of Myanmar. Taungyi’s Kahtein tradition festivals is amazing and worthy of reverence.
Estimated date: 10Waxing Day to FullMoonday of Tazaungmone
Tazaungdaing Festival, means the offering new robes to monks which celebrated on the eve of full moon day in Oct/Nov every year. Robe weaving Contest: before dawn a competition on weaving the fresh robe is held at every Pagoda and several team perticipate in the merrymaking competitions which the fresh robe then offred to the Buddha Image early in the fullmoon day morning. A month earlier, every household buys some soap, washcloths and robes for the monks. Brand New note of money is folded in the shape of peacocks, pigeons or the lotus flower. The gifts are decoratively hung on “pendals” made of wood or bamboo. On this day people carry the pendals on their shoulders (or on cars nowadays). They proceed through town and gather in the city monastery. Homes and offices are colorfully lit and fireworks and hot air balloons at night. On the morning of the full moon “soons” (meal) and offering are offered to the monks.
The best spot to watch Myanmar puppet. Pilgrimage and holiday outings on country oxcarts can be seen. Usually celebrated on the full moon day of Ta-zaung-mone in Burmese calendar, the festival is alive with well-attended crowd and all the people during the festival are seen donating such as open oil lamp, food and so on. Many other people from the villages nearby and decorated bullock carts in a line can also be visible and such scenes offer the flavor of pleasure to the visitors.
Estimated date: 14thWaxingDay to FullMoonday of Tazaungmone
Mt. Popa being considered most important Nat worshipping center, thousands of country folks and town people in their joyous, light-hearted and merrymaking in this particular festival. Thousands of animals were sacrificed to the Nats during the festival however this practice has been stopped since Bagan period. Spirit possession and overall drunken ecstasy are part of the celebration.
Estimated date: Begins FullMoonday to 5Waning of Nadaw
The boulder, standing on the edge of a peak in the highest mountain range, is said to be freely hanging over the cliff. The place is famous as a pilgrimage and holiday outing spot. On this particular full moon day, number total 9999 candles are ceremoniously lit at mid night to welcome The New Year and to make the devotional offering to Buddha.