|Festivals in Myanmar|
Festivals in January
Nar-Ga New Year’s Festival, Chin StateJan 12 : 1st Waxing day of Pyartho
Location : Lahe, Nar-Ga Land, Sagaing Division
Festival ending January 16 2013
Naga New Year festival is one of the most breathtaking and exciting events among many festivals in Myanmar. The Naga are one of Myanmar national races who live in Naga land, Sagaing Division, north-west of Myanmar towards the Indian boarder. Their annual New Year festival is celebrated in the mid of January and participated by about 30 Naga clans. They wear different costumes in colour and styling. Visitors can encounter the colourful dresses, animal horns, tiger fangs, bear claws and also silver and bronze accessories and other interesting unseen decorations that we dress up for their performance of Naga essence of history and its own world.
Festivals in March
Kekku Pagoda Festival, PindayaMar 26 : Full Moon day of Tabaung
Location : Pindaya, Shan State, Myanmar
6 days Festival ending March 31 2013
Annually, Kakku Pagoda festival is also held on full moon day of Tabaung. A cluster of more than 3000 pagodas said to be from Bagan period, but in the Yun Shan style, are grouped on a small hillock overlooking the Hopon Valley. The devotees come from Pa-O villages to the pagoda for paying respect and enjoy the days under the very huge banyan trees surrounding the pagodas on the full-moon day of Tabaung (March). The Pa O people dress up their best costumes and getting to know each other while others come by their bullock carts to the festival. Most of the pagodas are in ruins but the main Pagoda has been renovated with donations from the Chief Monk of the Buddhist Monastery in Singapore and local donors. On the full moon day (Mar.07) Alms offering is carried out by the native (Pa-O) people dressed in their traditional black out fits. There is the festival market also.
Festivals in April
Water FestivalApil 12: 2nd Waxing day of Tagu
Location: Throughout the country
5-day festival ending April 16 2013
1st day - eve day (12Apr)
2nd day - beginning day (13Apr)
3rd day - high celebration day (14Apr)
4th day - high celebration day (15Apr)
5th day - high celebration day (15Apr)
6th day - receding day (16Apr)
The festival is held on the eve of Myanmar New Year to cleanse the evil deeds of the previous year with water. During festival days, the streets are crowded with children and young people enjoy splashing water on one another from open trucks and enjoy dance and music performances stages on road sides. Elders take shelter in monasteries and pagoda precincts. Most of the local restaurants, markets and museums are closed and due to heavy traffic flow, it is impossible to visit some tourist sites around Yangon and Mandalay.
Festivals in June
Shite-Thaung Pagoda Festival, Mrauk OoJune 20 : 12th Waxing day of Nayone
Location : Mrauk-U, Rakhine State
4-day ceremony ending June 23 2013
This pagoda festival will be held on 3rd (Full moon day) as same as the others pagoda festival but they have one exiting thing is they have traditional boxing show.
Festivals in July
Chin-Lone Festival, MandalayJuly 12 : 5rd Waxing day of Warso
Location : Mahamuni Pagoda Compound, Mandalay Devision
21-day ending August 01 2013
Chin Lone (Cane Ball) tournament held in Mandalay. It is used to held in Mahamuni Pagoda compound almost a month for every day and night. Cane ball players from all over the country come up to Mandalay to enjoy this festival. We can enjoy seeing several ways of playing Chin Lone and racing by either team or individual together with local / folk music played while entertaining the audience.
Festivals in Auguest
Taung Byone Nat Festival, Taung Byone villageAug 14 : 8th Waxing day of War Gaung
Location : Taung Byone Village Near Mandalay
8-day ending August 21st 2013
This festival is known as the major gathering spot for spiritual mediums and the most impressive Nat Festival in Myanmar. According to the legend, Byat Wi and Byat Ta, two Indian brothers, got extra ordinary powers after they ate the body of a dead alchemist. Offerings and dances, the inflow of merchants, the constant arrival of pilgrims and the intensive uses of loudspeakers continue day and night.
Festivals in October
Phaung Daw Oo Festival, Inle LakeOct 05 : 1st Waxing day of Thidingyut
Location : Inle Lake, Shan State
18-day festival ending October 22nd 2013
The procession of leg-rowed boats, which are ceremoniously tugging four Buddha statues situated on a royal barge clockwise around Inle Lake. Throughout the event leg-rowed boat races are being held and you will come across them during the excursion on the lake. Hundreds of other vessels travel in the entourage in a general festive atmosphere. Thousands of people from around the Shan State attend this most holy of all Shan celebrations. Time table of Phaung Daw Oo Festival.
Dummy Elephant Festival, Kyauk SeOct 18 : 14th Waxing day of Thidingyut
Location : Kyauk Se, Mandalay
2-day festival ending October 19 2013
This unique and exotic elephant dance held at Kyauk Se, 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.
The Thadingyut (Festival of Lights)Oct 18 : 14th Waxing day of Thidingyut
Location : Throughout Myanmar
3-day festival ending October 20th 2013
To mark the end of the Buddhist Lent, and is also one of the most prominent festivals of the year. Pagodas, houses, public buildings, parks, and monuments are all illuminated and there are various kinds of activities for everyone to enjoy. Thadingyut is not only for joyous but also thanksgiving and paying homage to Buddhist monks, teachers, parents and elders, and asking pardon for whatever misdeeds might have committed.
Indein Pagoda Festival, Inle LakeOct 26 : 7th Waning day of Thidingyut
Location : Inle Lake, Shan State
2-day festival ending October 27th 2013
Buddhist ceremony held at unique site of old shrine complex in Inle Lake.
Festivals in November
Balloon Festival, TaunggyiNov 11 : 9th Waxing day of Tazaungmone
Location : Taunggyi, Shan State
8-day festival ending November 18th 2013
The fireworks are in the form of rockets. There is always hot balloons competition day and night. 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. Time table of Balloon Festival in Taunggyi.
Pho-Win-Taung Festival, MonywaNov 16 : 14th Waxing day of Tazaungmone
Location : Monywa
2-day festival ending November 17th 2013
Like other pagoda festival 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.
Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival, Golden RockNov 17 : Fullmoon day of Tazaungmone
Location : Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, Kyaikhto, Mon State
1-day festival till midnight
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 9,999 candles are ceremoniously lit at mid night.
Kaung-Hmu-Daw Pagoda Festival, SagaingNov 10 : 8th Waxing day of Tazaungmone
Location : Sagaing State, Mandalay
8-day festival ending November 17th 2013
The 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 cloths and cane mats, to sell them there. They like to camp under the shade of the trees.
Shwezigon Festival, BaganNov 11 : 9th Waxing day of Tazaungmone
Location : Nyaung U
9-day festival ending November 19th 2013
Shwezigon Festival will be held starting from 22 November to 30 November. There are evening entertainments such as Zats: (a variety of dances, songs, short and long plays), Anyeints (a performance of a few hours in which a number of "jokers" caricature current situations and or person strung together by a traditional dancer, popular movies shown in open air. On full moon day (28 Nov.), there is a communal offering of food and various domestic articles to the monks from the nearby monasteries (ca. 600) lined up as in usual offerings.
Festivals in December
Akha New Year Festival, Kyaing TongDec 15 : 13rd Waxing day of Nadaw
Location : Kyaing Tong Township, Eastern Shan state
Akha ethnic New Year festival’s date is fixed according to the Akha calendar.
9000 Lights and 9000 flowers Offering, Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda
Dec 20 : 3rd Waning day of Nadaw