Arnanda Pagoda Festival
Arnanda Pagoda Festival, the most unique one in Bagan. The people from different
villages came to the festivals by bullock cart or anyways and stay in the camp and
accustomed to sell their diverse local fascinated products such handmade crafts,
clothing and yummy food. One can see largely the traditional life of village dweller
at the vendors with the active dramatic songs and cultural performances that are
persuading all the visitors.
Naga Newyear Festival Khamti, Chin State (January )
The rarest ritual festival one in Myanmar with the extreme excitement of traditional
dancing that beckons all the travelers. Different Naga Hill Tribes with their own
traditional costumes and dialects gather annually to celebrate the New Year which
falls on January 15.
Mahamuni Festival, Mandalay ( January/February )
In the Full moon day of Thabodwe, Mahamuni Pagoda festival is held crowdedly in
Mandalay. During these festival thousands of people from all over the country make
the pilgrimage to the Mahamuni Pagoda. In the day time, there are many stalls selling
various kinds of Myanmar snacks displayed in continuous rows of long tables. Glutinous
rice (which is a delicacy) contests are also held on the pagoda's platform. A variety
of incense sticks are burnt for the Myanmar Buddha image on the full moon day.
Indawgyi Festival, Hopin, near Myitkina ( February/March )
Inndawgyi Shwe Myintzu Pagoda Festival annually held in Tabaung. 12th Month of Myanmar
Calendar is a seasonal festival of Myanmar which is always bustling with life. As
the pagoda is located on an island of the lake, one of the causeways made of sand
surface appear to walk from the lakeshore to the pagoda created by spirits. During
the festival days, Myanma Traditional Dramas are staged for the entertainment of
the public. The festival is crowded with visitors who enjoy local made products
and household goods.
Shwe Dagon Pagoda, the most well known pagoda in Myanmar and this Pagoda Festival
is one of the most visited festivals for pilgrims all over the country. 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.
Pindaya Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival (Pindaya, Shan State)
Pindaya Shwe Oo Min cave Pagoda festival is held on and around Full moon day of
Tabaung as well. It starts seven days before the full moon day. During the festival
time, thousands of devotees come from villages around the area to the cave. A kind
of pagoda mall is set up at the foot of the hill under big shady Banyan trees to
sell local products.
Kekku Pagoda Festival, Taunggyi ( February/March )
The last month of the Myanmar lunar calendar, Kakku Pagoda festival takes place.
This is not just a religious festival but also a social occasion. During the festival,
the Pa-O people, dressed in their traditional black outfits, spend three days praying
and for the younger set it is the time to meet their friends from other villages
or the boys to fall in love with the girls.
Myanmar New Year Festival
The festival is held on the eve of Myanmar New Year to clean the evil deeds of the
previous year with water. During the Thingyan Festival, Myanmar people perform a
lot of meritorious deeds to usher in the New Year and people pour water over one
another to the melodious tunes of singing and dancing at the decorated pavilions.
Kason Sacred Bo Tree Watering Ceremony (Nation Wide)
The full moon day of the lunar month of Kason, honors the day, on which, in different
years, the Buddha was born, achieved Enlightenment and died. Processions are held
in temples, Buddhists pour water on the sacred banyan tree and rituals re enacted
at the Shwedagon and other pagodas throughout Myanmar.
Chinlone Festival ( June/July )
Chin Lone (Cane Ball) tournament held in the compound of Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay
almost a month for every day and night. Cane ball players from all over the country
come up to Mandalay and enjoy this festival. Several ways of playing Chin Lone with
team or individual together with the local folk music are inspiriting the entire
Waso Robe Offering (Nation Wide)
The Fullmoon Day of Waso also marks the beginning of the Buddhist Lent. According
to the customs the Buddhist monks are forbidden to travel and are required to spend
lent in their monasteries. The robes are offered to use during the period of retreat.
Taungbyone Nat Pwe (Spirit Festival)
This festival is known as the major gathering spot for spiritual mediums and the
most impressive Nat Festival in Taungbyone about 30km away from Mandalay where there
is a noisy, seven day festival to keep the nats (spirit) happy.
Phaung-Daw-U Pagoda Festival
At this splendid Festival, four of the five Buddha images (the fifth is left to
take care of the monastery) are placed on a decorated royal barge by leg-rowing
boats stopping at each village to let people pay homage. Thousands of people from
around the Shan State attend this most holy of all Shan celebrations. Leg-rowed
boat races are also held throughout the festival.
Thadingyut festival of light
The Buddhist Lent (Thadin) ends on the full moon day of Thadingyut, when the Buddha's
return from Heaven is celebrated with the 'Festival of Lights', involving all manner
of lights, lamps and Candles are lit in homes and pagodas throughout the country,
and paper lanterns are launched into the sky. Dancing and various forms of entertainment
take place and as with most festivals, people gather pagodas all over the land.
Balloon Festival, Taunggyi
The festival of Tazaungmone in Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State is the most crowded
with the release colorful features of hot-air balloons that compete for beauty and
flying ability in upper Myanmar. Evening, time event features, Candle-lit processions
accompanied by traditional Shan and Pa-Oo dances and music, hot air balloons and
rockets are launched.
Shwezigon Pagoda Festival, Bagan
Evening performances are held throughout the three weeks of this festival. Also
at night candles and fireworks are offered to the pagoda. On the full moon day of
Tazaungmon, about one week into the festival, offerings of food and domestic supplies
are made to monks from nearby monasteries, who line up to accept the donations.
Karen New Year (Innsein-Yangon and Pa-an)
It is a national holiday and is celebrated by the Karen national race, featuring,
group dance in their ethnic costume, sport activities like the traditional boxing
matches are held in Innsein, a suburb in northwest Yangon where the Karen communities
are concentrated. Pa-an, the capital of Karen state, held the grandest celebration.
Christianity is the second largest religion in Myanmar after Buddhism. The day is
also a public holiday.