Sun hat, sun glasses, sun protection for your face and body, prescription medicines, insect repellent and an umbrella April to October (rain or shine). An antibiotic cream for minor cuts and scratches, extra pair of prescription glasses, a small flashlight, extra passport photos, decaffeinated coffee (if you require). WHAT TO WEAR Shorts, short skirts or revealing clothing are not appropriate especially when visiting temples or any religious site . Myanmar is a conservative Buddhist culture and improper dress can be offensive. Please dress with respect for the local culture. Lightweight, easy to care clothes of cotton and cool fabrics are ideal all year round. A winter sweater or jacket and socks may be needed in the cool season when visiting up country especially around Inle Lake and Kalaw when the weather can drop to near freezing during the night. Wear sensible walking shoes which can be easily removed when required. Sandals, thongs or flip-flops (available locally) are very convenient footwear

No inoculations or vaccinations are required unless coming from or passing through an infected area. Clients should bring sufficient medication with them if required and should check for updated health recommendations before your departure to Myanmar regarding hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, etc. Please contact us if you would like detailed information on emergency health services available.


Myanmar has its own traditional festival in each month and would be more wonderful if you know where to visit in when .


Kachin Manao Festival (Myitkyina, Kachin State)

Date : Usually around first week of January
Location : Myitkyina, Kachin State.
Duration : 1 day
The Ma-nau dance which is a tradition of the Kachin peoples is celebrated to worship and propitiate the ``Lamu Madai``, God of the Spirits. The divine God Lamu Madai is believed to be the creator of the Universe and the Ma-nau Celebration is a tradition ritual conducted with various aims in worship of this divinity.

Naga New Year Festival

Date : Usually January 14 to 16
Location : Either Lathe or Layshi, Savgaing Region
Duration : 3 days

The Nagas are a group of tribal people inhabiting the northwestern hill tracks of Myanmar such as the Sagaing Division and the Indian state of Nagaland. The numerous Naga languages belong to the Tibeto-Burman languages groups of the Naga Ethics.

There are 16 officially recognized tribes in the Nagaland. The other Naga tribes can be found in the contiguous adjoining states of Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and across the border in Burma. Some of these tribes are: Zeme, Liangmai, Mao (Memei), Nocte, Phom, Pochuri, Poumai Naga, Rongmei Naga, Tangsa, Tutsa, and WanchoFolk songs and dances are essential ingredients of the traditional Naga culture. The oral tradition is kept alive through the media of folk tales and songs.

Naga folk songs are both romantic and historical, with songs narrating entire stories of famous ancestors and incidents. There are also seasonal songs which describe various activities done in a particular agricultural season. Nagas new year Festival are held in the month January and they are wearing exotic dresses and dancing with bonfires during the festival.


Htamane Festival

Date : Full Moon Day of Tabodwe
Location : Throughout the country
Duration : 1 day
Come Tobodwe (February), the eleventh month of the Burmese calendar, we have the harvest festival and the making of H ta Ma Ne, a concoction of glutinous rice, coconut slices, sesame seeds, peanuts and a generous amount of cooking oil. Among the Burmese, there is a tradition to observe a custom which is called ``top priority for those to whom respect is due

Mahamuni Pagoda Festival

Date : 14th Waxing and Full Moon Day of Tabodwe
Location : Mandalay
Duration : 2 days

the Mahamuni Pagoda is a Buddhist temple and major pilgrimage site, located southwest of Mandalay, Burma (Myanmar). The Mahamuni Buddha image (literal meaning: The Great Sage) is deified in this temple, and originally came from Arakan It is highly venerated in Myanmar and central to many people's lives, as it is seen as an expression of representing the Buddha's life.

A major annual festival known as the 'Mahamuni Paya pwe' ('pwe' means: ``festival``) is held in early February, at the end of the Buddhist Lent to celebrate the history of the pagoda. during this festival, aside from the daily rituals, the Patthana from a ``Book of Conditional Relations`` is recited. This book is a philosophical text which Buddha recounted to his mother in a sermon in Tavatimsa heaven and is a sacred scripture in the Pali language.

`{` The Pattana recitation is a special feature, which continues for several days. Monks recite from the scriptures, in groups of two or three. The festivities also include various forms of entertainment programmes such as dance, music, theatre etc., and there is also a social event, allowing families and friends gather to greet each other. Given that large crowds of pilgrims are attracted during the festive season, guards are posted near the Great Image and video cameras are placed in many parts of the temple precincts to protect it.

Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival

Date : Begins on 5th Waxing of Tabodwe
Location : Shwe Settaw, Megwe Region, Central Myanmar
Duration : 11 days

Shwe Set Taw Pagoda is one of the most respected Pagodas,situated in Legaing Town,Pwintphyu Township,Minbu district.Festival is held in February until Myanmar Thingyan Festival (new Year)in mid april.

The Pilgrims stay in bamboo sprouts bedding house and thatch sheds that are constructed on the banks of the Mann Chaung.Meals is also numerous as there are many food stalls and available Myanmar food,china and Native Indian biryani all are available.There are two routes to get to Shwe Set Taw from Yangon.One is via Pyay and another is via Magway.

Salon(Sea Gipsy) Festival

The `` Salon ``of Myanmar, who called themselves, `` Moken ``, are forgotten people who fight for their survival. They adopt their way of life as marine nomads. They are expert in swimming, diving and submerging in the sea ---- and hence the names `` Sea - gypsy `` or ``Men of the Sea`` .

The salon can be found in the Southern part of Myeik Archipelago which has more than 800 small islands. It has been believed that the salon people had lived, in the ancient times, on the Malay Peninsula until the Malay incursion when they left their native places and lived scattered throughout the Myeik Archipelago. Now - a - days, the salon can only be found on the coastal islands around Kawthoung, formerly Victoria Point --- the southernmost town of Myanmar.

Their boat, made of light wood, are convenient and appropriate to go in the sea. Their customary way of living in the sea is extraordinary in that they take all the household things---- utensils, food rations and including dogs, cats and chickens ---- with them on the boat.

The cleverness and expertness of the salon in diving and submerging in the sea is incomparable. They could dive down to 8 -10 fathoms and stay for long time. They used to dive and submerge several times in a day. It is presumed that the salon are the only people who can stay underwater for many minutes without using oxygen tank.

The devotional offerings, at the festival, include pop corns, alcoholic drinks, honey, betel and flesh and blood of ducks, chickens, dolphins and turtles. They used to sing at the festivals. The talent of the salon are very remarkable that they could sing songs at hand to the scenes, happenings and fact they see. One of their musical instruments is a drum made from monitor lizard (Varamas Spp.) skin. The rites and rituals at the festival were done by the shaman, who involved not only at the festival but also during illness or at death


Pindaya Cave Pagoda Festival

Date : 11th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Tabaung
Location : Pindaya, Southern Shan State
Duration : 5 days

The Pindaya Caves located next to the town of Pindaya, Shan State (Myanmar) are a Buddhist pilgrimage site and a tourist attraction located on a limestone ridge in the Myelat region. There are three ``caves`` on the ridge which runs north-south, but only the southern cave can be entered and explored. It is not known whether the other two penetrate for any extended distance into the hillside.

The southernmost Pindaya cave can be entered and extends for about 490 feet along a well-worn path. It is known for its interior which contains over 8,000 images of Buddha. Some of the older statues and images in the cave have inscriptions dating to the late 18th century, or early Konbaung period, and the earliest one dates from 1773. There may be some images without inscriptions that are older, but based on the style elements. No other place in Burma displays such a range of style, not only in the images, but also in the ornamental thrones and reredos which surround the images.

The Pindaya caves festival held in early march .You can see Tribes from all over Shan State and their traditional handicrafts, all kinds of Cheroots,Shan umbrella…etc.

Kakku Pagodas Festival

Date : Begins on 14th Waxing of Tabaung
Location : Kekku Ancient Pagoda Complex, near Taunggy, Southern Shan State
Duration : 3days

Kakku history can be traced back to the 3rd century B.C in B.C.260, Asoka , under the title of Devanampiytissa (the Beloved of the Deities) a Mauryan King of Magadha become famous in the world especially in purifying, preserving, and disseminating Sasana (The teaching of the Buddha) . The third Synod (Tatiya Sangayana) was held at Pataliputta under the patronage of the King Asoka. Rev.Maha Moggali putta tissa was made Chief Monk and elected one thousand bhikkus who were well-versed in the canonical scriptures. For nine months, assemblage compiled the original Tripitaka Scriptures to examine and refute the heretics.

Then the pious king Asoka motivated the Synod to dispatch missionaries to nine different countries of the world. A missionaries group led by Rev.Sona and Rev.Uttara arrived at suvannabhumi and Saddhammapura, the olden Myanmar. According to the inscription, Kekku pagoda is one of the 84,000 cetiyas established by King Asoka, known as Sridhammasoka in Myanmar chronicles. One of the evidence to support the fast is the inoeription in the form of a verse on the bell cast under the patronage of Nyaung-Shwe Sawbwagyi (Chief of Shan Nationalities) in A.D 1793 (ME 1155) 207 years ago.

Kakku Pagoda complex is situated 26 miles South of Taunggyi. It is the most venerated Buddhist temple complex of Pa-O ethnic people. It is over 2000 stupas in Myanmar, Shan and Pa-O styles. Pagoda festival falls on Full Moon Day of Tabaung ( Mid-March ) every year and takes about one week. Pa-O people from all over Shan states gathered at Kaku Pagoda festival and they highly believe in Buddhism. It is accessible by road and rail from Taunggyi and by car and trek from Nampan of Inle Lake.

Shwedagon Pagoda Festival

Date : Full Moon Day of Tabaung
Location : Yangon
Duration : Approximately one week preceding the full moon day

No Visit to the Union of Myanmar is complete without a visit to the 2500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda,which enshrines strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics.Located west of the Royal Lake on 114-acre Singuttara Hill in Yangon,Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site for the people of the Union of Myanmar.From a humble beginning of 8.2 meters,the Shwedagon Pagoda today stands close to 110 meters.Shwedagon pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds;the largest of which is a 72 carat diamond.It is clearly one of the wonders of the religious world.

Shwedagon Pagoda is a repository of the best in Myanmar heritage-architecture, sculpture and arts.The Shwedagon Pagoda consist hundreds colorful temples,stupas, and statues that reflects the architectural era spanning almost a 2500 years.To understand this momumental work of art and architecture,visitors will experience an insider’s view of this magnificent symbol of Buddhism to the lives of the Myanmar people.Shwedagon Pagoda forms the focus of religious as well as community acativities-the bustling of devotees and monks washing the statues,offering flowers,worshipping and meditating.

Religious festivals which falls fall during almost every month of the Myanmar Lunar calendar draw people to Pagodas. On the days of festival ,the stairways and plateform of Shwedagon are thronged by endless streams of devotees from dawn till midnight.

Festival on the Full Moon Day of the Myanmar month”Tabaung,known as Tabaung Festival.It is the significant Festival of Shwedagon because it was on the Full Moon Day of Tabaung that the King Ukkalapa and the two brothers enshrine the sacred hair relics in the Shwedagon.

Novitiation Ceremonies

Date : During the months of Tabodwe and Taboung (school holidays, mostly in summer holidays in March and April before the water festival)
Location : Throughout the country
Duration : 2 days

During the season of Novitiation there are colourful processions.The soon-to-be novitiates,dressed in their princely finery,with parents,friends and relatives in attendance ,make a ritual circuit of the pagoda,then go their way to the monastery.

Indawgyi Pagoda Festival

Date : 8th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Tabaung
Location : Laputta Township, Southwest Coast of Myanmar
Duration : 8 days

Indawgyi Lake is one of the largest inland lakes in Southeast Asia. It is located in Mohnyin Township in the Kachin State of Burma. The lake measures 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) east to west, and 24 kilometres (15 mi) north to south. There are over 20 villages around the lake. The predominant ethnic groups living in the surroundings of the lake are the Shan and the Kachin, who mainly practice agriculture. It is 546 feet above the sea level. it is the main part of the Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary.
It has the vertical width of 14 miles, the horizontal width of seven miles and the area of 100 square miles. there are 11 village-tracts, 36 villages around the lake; 13 villages are on the bank of the lake. The sanctuary, which encompasses 780 km2 (300 sq mi), contains a variety of animal species, including rare mammals and birds. One of Burma's important bird areas, 10 endangered species can be found.
Historically famous Shwe Myint Zu Pagoda that is situated on the western side of lake and special festival which takes place during the time of the yearly Pagoda festival in March, the low water season, is – the emergence of ‘2’ lime bars forming paths betweens the Pagoda and the shore-line. It may be mentioned that although this strange phenomena lies in the for North of Myanmar, yet it seems to attract tourists from far – off places .


Thingyan Festival ( Water Festival or Myanmar New Year Festival )

Date : Usually 13th April to 17th April (New Year’s Day)
Location : Throughout the country
Duration : 5days of throwing water and the last, New Year’s Day,

Thingyan  from Pali sankanta, which translates 'transit `{`of the Sun from Pisces to Aries `}` is the Burmese New Year Water Festival and usually falls around mid-April (the Burmese month of Tagu). It is a Buddhist festival celebrated over a period of four to five days culminating in the new year. Formerly the dates of the Thingyan festival are calculated according to the traditional Burmese lunisolar calendar. Water-throwing or dousing one another from any shape or form of vessel or device that delivers water is the distinguishing feature of this festival and may be done on the first four days of the festival. However, in most parts of the country, it does not begin in earnest until the second day.
Traditionally, Thingyan involved the sprinkling of scented water in a silver bowl using sprigs of thabyay (Jambul), a practice that continues to be prevalent in rural areas. The sprinkling of water was intended to metaphorically ``wash away`` one's sins of the previous year. In major cities such as Yangon, garden hoses, huge syringes made of bamboo, brass or plastic, water pistols and other devices from which water can be squirted are used in addition to the gentler bowls and cups, but water balloons and even fire hoses have been employed! It is the hottest time of the year and a good dousing is welcomed by most. Everyone is fair game except monks and obviously pregnant women. Some overenthusiastic young lads may get captured by women, who often are their main target, and become kids of a practical joke with soot from cooking pots smeared on their faces. Pwè (performances) by puppeteers, orchestras, dance troupes, comedians, film stars and singers including modern pop groups are commonplace during this festival.

Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival

Date : 8th Waxing to 5th Wanning of Tagu Location : Bago Duration : 13days

The Shwemawdaw Paya is a stupa located in Bago, Myanmar. It is often referred to as the Golden God Temple. At 375 feet in height, the Shwemadaw holds the record for the tallest pagoda in the country although the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is usually credited as the tallest pagoda in Myanmar (at 98 meters - approximately 321.5 ft). Shwemawdaw, along with the Shwedagon and Kyaiktiyo, are famous Mon pagodas. The pagoda's annual festival is a 10 day affair that takes place during the Burmese month of Tagu( April) .


Shite Thaung Pagoda Festival

The Shite-thaung Temple is a famous temple in Mrauk U. The name means 'Temple of 80,000 Buddha Images', and is also known as the 'Temple of Victory'.

The temple was built in 1535 to 1536 by King Min Bin to commemorate his conquest of Bengal. It is located on the western face of Pokhaung Hill, north of the Royal Palace, and adjacent to the Andaw-thein temple. It is typical of the many Buddhist temples found in Burma: a central bell-shaped stupa, surrounded by four smaller stupas at the corners, and a multitude of even-smaller stupas surrounding them. At the east of the temple, there is a recent (though about 75 years old) addition of a flight of stairs and tazaung.

Ritual of Pouring Water on the Bodhi Tree

Date : Full Moon Day of Kason

Location : Pagodas throughout the country

Duration : 1 day

This ritual commemorates the date 2500 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.


Pakokku Thiho Shin Pagoda Festival

Pakokku Thiho Shin Pagoda Festival Fullmoon of Waso(June)

Date : 8th Waxing of Nayon

Location : Pakokku, Central Myanmar

Duration : 15 days

Pakokku is an old traditional town on the western bank of the Ayeyawady River. 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.


Waso Full Moon Festival

Date : Full Moon Day of Waso
Location : Throughout the country
Duration : Mid July

The Myanmar month of Waso is the beginning of the monsoon rains. It is also the start of the Buddhist Lent. Monks are prohibited to travel overnight from their monasteries. According to the monks' code of conduct, they are still obligated to make the rounds for their daily food whether it is raining or not. As it is, they need spare robes. Therefore there is a ceremony to offer robes to the monks for use during the wet season.

Warso Chin-Lone (Cane Ball) Festival

Date : After the Full Moon Day of Waso
Location : Maha Muni Pagoda Compound, Mandalay
Duration : 48 Days

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 Chinlone 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 1500 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.


Taungbyone Festival ( Spirits Festivals)

Date : 8th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Wagaung
Location : Taung Pyone Village, near Mandalay
Duration : 8 days

Taungbyone , north of Mandalay, is another major site with the festival held each year starting on the eleventh waxing day and including the full moon in the month of Wagaung (August).Yadanagu at Amarapura, held a week later in honour of Popa Medaw (Mother of Popa), who was the mother of the Taungbyone Min Nyinaung (Brother Lords), is also a popular nat festival.

The Taungbyone Nat Festival gathers all believers and followers of Shwe Hpyin gyi and Shwe Hpyin Lay nat brothers from all over the country, as well as some curious foreign visitors. Mostly they are business persons. They come to pay respect to the two nats, ask for supernatural intervention in their business dealings or make good their promises for the success of their endeavours.

The most important date of this Taungbyone nat Festival is the day when the two life size statutes are taken for the bathing rituals (Cho Yey Daw Thon Pwe). Believers push and shove playfully to get as near to the palanquin carrying the statues, hoping that the nats would favour then with a blessing in their business ventures.

Taungbyone is easily accessible from Mandalay by car but as there are no accommodations for tourists it is a day trip destination only. Also because the Festival is celebrated according to the Myanmar lunar calendar, international visitors are advised to enquire ahead the exact dates from the travel agents.

Lawkanandar Pagoda Festival-Bagan

Law Ka Nandar Pagoda Festival will be held on July 31 to August 1. Law Ka Nandar Pagoda is located in New Bagan. (about 10 minutes from the city by car)

Lawkananda pagoda was built by King Anawrahta during his reign in 1059. The pagoda has enshrined the Buddha's tooth relic in Bagan. The pagoda is erected on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. During those days, with the power of Bagan Dynasty, the Mon region, Rakhine and even as far as Sri Lanka would anchor by the Ayeyarwaddy riverside. Lawkananda would be the first to see with its distinctive elongated cylindrical dome. It is still used as an everyday place of worship and is thought to house an important Buddha-tooth replica.The riverside and sunset views from Lawkananda are unique and beautiful

Mya Zedi Pagoda Festival

Mya Zedi Pagoda Festival will be held on August 7 to August 8. Mya Zedi Pagoda is located in Myinkapar village, which is about 5 minutes from the city by car.

Next to the Gubyaukgyi stands the gilded Myazedi or 'Emerald Stupa'. A four-sided pillar in a cage between the two monuments bears an inscription consecrating Gubyaukgyi and written in four languages - Pyu, Mon, Old Burmese and Pali. Its linguistic and historical significance is great since it establishes the Pyu as an important cultural influence in early Bagan and relates the chronology of the Bagan kings. The inscription was about the Prince Rajakumar's feelings towards his father and the choice of the heir to the throne.


Yadana Cave Nats Festival

Date : 1st to 8th Waning of Wagaung
Location : Amarapura, Mandalay Region
Duration : 8 days

This festival honours the mother of the two powerful spirit brothers in Bagan era. She is the Goddess of Popa and her main shrine is on Popa Crest, near Bagan. She is a powerful spirit and protector of women.

Manuha Pagoda Festival

Date : One Day before the Full Moon Day of Tawthalin Location : Myinkaba village, Bagan, Mandalay Region Duration : 2 days

On the first day of festival, pretty village girls dressed in their best parade with trays of fruits and cakes to offer at the pagoda. During the afternoon, yong men parade with larger-than-life paper-made figures of heroes, celestials and animals. At night, they put on dances and plays. The next morning at dawn they offer food at shrine and also to the monks.


Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

Date : 1st Waxing to 3rd Waning Day of Thadingyut
Location : Inle Lake, Southern Shan State
Duration : 18 days

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is one of the famous principal pagodas which houses five Boddha images. This pagoda is the main attraction of Inlay Lake and is situated in the middle of the lake. Thousands of people from communities aroung 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. Teams of the lake's famous one-legged-rowers compete in annual boat races.

Festival of light

Date : One day before the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut, Full Moon Day and one day after
Location : Throughout the country
Duration : 3 days

This festival commemorates the time when the Buddha returned to earth after preaching in the abode of celestials 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 coloured lanterns to symbolize this event. The festival of Light marks the end of Lent.

Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Festival

Date : Begins one day before the full Moon day of Thadingyut
Location : Mandalay
Duration : 4 days

An exciting festival focused on a huge Buddha image carved from a single block of marble. It coincides with an annual competition among teams of cane-ball (chin-lone) players.

Dancing Elephants Festival

Date : One day before the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut and the Full Moon Day
Location : Kyaukse, about 40km southeast of Mandalay.
Duration : 2 days

On the first day, colourfully 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.

Kaunghmudaw Pagoda

Festival Date : Around Full Moon Day of Thadingyut
Location : Sagaing, Sagaing Region
Duration : 5 days

One of the famous pagodas in central Myanmar. Most interesting aspect of this festival is the caravan of bullock-carts in the pagoda compound. Some of the carts carry their village products, such as hand-woven cotton clothes and cane mats, etc, to sell them at the festival. They like to camp under the shady trees.

Shwe Kyin Light Festival

Date : After the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut
Location : Shwe Kyin Creek, Shwe Kyin Township, Bago Region
Duration : 1 day

Shwe Kyin light festival is held every year on the day after the full moon day of Thadingyut. The festival includes daytime rowing races as well as competitive synchronized paddling exhibitions by separate teams of women and men. However, the highlight of the festival occurs only after darkness.


Tazaungmon Full Moon Festival

Date : Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
Location : Throughout the country
Duration : 1 day

After the rains, the monks would need new robes and on the full moon day, the offering of new robes for the monks are held. It is called the Khahtein ceremony. Sets of new robes and other offerings such as slippers, umbrellas, alms bowls, food, towels, soap and other necessities are presented to monks. Cash offerings for monasteries are also collected and displayed on wooden frames built in the shape of a tree.

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Date : Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
Location : Taunngyi, southern Shan State
Duration : 3 days

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 colourfully illuminated with hot air balloons. Hot air balloons in the shape of elephant, ox, horse, water buffalo, bird, pig, fish, owl, and parrot are sent up into the sky.

All Night Robe Weaving Contests

Date : Begins in evening before the Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
Location : Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, and other pagodas throughout the country
Duration : The whole night

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.

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival

Date : Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone Mandalay Region
Location : Nyaung u, near Bagan,
Duration : 15 days

On the Full Moon Day, there is a ritual of offering a filled alms bowl to a thousand and more monks and novices. Lacquer ware, glazed pots and hand woven cotton blankets are sold by villagers living in the region at this great country fair.

Phowintaung Pagoda Festival

Date : One day before Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
Location : Monywa, Sagaing Region
Duration : 2 days

Like other pagoda festivals with the usual entertainment provided. Myanmar thanaka, sandalwood and woven textiles (cotton blankets and longyis mainly) can be bought at the various stalls around the pagoda area.

Shwesandaw (Pyay) Pagoda Festival

Date : Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
Location : Pyay, Bago Region
Duration : 1 day

Shwesandaw Pagoda is one of Myanmar’s biggest Buddhist pilgrimage sites and the festival of this pagoda is one of the most visited festivals for pilgrims all over the country. During the festival, the sacred tooth hall which contains a Buddha tooth relic is opened for devotees.


Mae Lamu Pagoda Festival

Dates : 8th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Nadaw
Location : North Okkalapa Township, Yangon Region
Duration : 8 days

One of the famous pagoda festivals in Yangon Region. The activities of Pagoda festival are reciting the holy scriptures 24 hours continuously throughout the festival by monks, offering provisions and articles to monks, celebrating festivities and performing with evening entertainments such as Zat (Drama), Stage Show and Movies.

Popa Guardian Spirits Festival

Dates : 8th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Nadaw
Location : North Okkalapa Township, Yangon Region
Duration : 8 days

One of the famous pagoda festivals in Yangon Region. The activities of Pagoda festival are reciting the holy scriptures 24 hours continuously throughout the festivals by monks, offering provisions and articles to monks, celebrating festivities and performing with evening entertainments such as Zat (Drama), Stage Show and Movies.

Kyaik-hti-yo ‘Golden Rock’ Pagoda Festival Nine Thousand Lamps

Date : One evening of December 31
Location : Kyaik-hti-yo ‘Garden Rock’ Pagoda, Mon State
Duration : 1 evening

On the platform of the Kyaik-hti-yo ‘Golden Rock’ 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, a golden spire, sits on the top of a huge boulder covered with gold leaf and perched on the edge of a cliff.

Ananda Temple Festival

Date : Full Moon of Pyatho to 15th Waning of Pyatho
Location : Bagan
Duration : 15 days

This typical festival is held in Bagan, around the Ananda temple, the most crowded celebration in the most beautiful temple. Ananda pagoda festival takes place a few days before the full moon day of Pyatho, usually falls in January or early February depending on the Lunar Calendar.

It is held to raise money for the upkeep of Bagan’s thousand-year-old Ananda temple. A tent city of stalls and shops surrounds the temple. Locals from near and far come to enjoy the festival. Most of the people would be having Thanaka on their face to keep one selves cool from the heat. Thanakha is a yellowish skin paste that is unique in Myanmar. This pagoda festival is not only to worship the pagoda, Buddha, but also for shopping after the harvest time. There are different kinds of stalls and sell everything especially the products from the other regions of the country. Villagers bring their essential things and come by bullock cart and make themselves at home around the temple.












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