Myanmar Fesitivals

JANUARY – PYATHO

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Rice Harvest, Sports and Street Games

  • Manaw Festival (Myintkyina, Kachin State)
  • Naga Festival (Sagaing Division)
  • Htamane Festival (nation wide)
  • Ananda Pagoda Festival (Bagan)

FEBRUARY – TABO-DWE

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The Harvest Festival Making Htamane Festival

  • Shwe-set-taw Pagoda Festival (Minbu, Magway)
  • Maw-tin-zun Pagoda Festival (Pathein, Ayarwaddy Division)
  • Indawgyi Pagoda Festival (Kachin State)
  • Pindaya Cave Pagoda Festival (Shan State)
  • Chinese New Year

MARCH – TABAUNG

Pagoda Festival

  • Tabaung festival is marked by the building of sand stupas.
  • Shwedagon Pagoda Festival (Yangon)
  • Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival (Bago)
  • ShinpyuNovitiation Ceremonies (nation wide)

APRIL – TAGU

The Myanmar New Year

  • True Spirit of the Water Festival
  • Thingyan (Water) Festival (nation wide)
  • Myanmar New Year's Day (nation wide)
  • Popa Nat or Spirits Festival (Mount Popa)

MAY – KASON

The Merry Month

  • Water is poured on the sacred tree, the Bodhi tree, the tree of enlightenment
  • KasonFullmoon Day (Watering of the Sacred Bo Tree Festival) (nation wide)
  • Taung-yo Torchlight Procession Festival(Pindaya, Shan State)

JUNE – NAYONE

A Month of Thunder, Lighting and Rain

  • Buddhist Texts Examinations
  • Nayone Festival of Tipitaka (nation wide)

JULY – WASO

Lenten Season

Waso is the time when people do meritorious deeds and practises contemplations and self-denial. Some people go to monasteries for offering alms food.

- Waso Full-moon Day or Dhammasetkya Day

AUGUST – WAGAUNG

Rising Waters

MahaDokfestival : Casting lots for alms-bowls is a festival full of fun and promises.

- TaungpyoneNats or Spirits Festival (Taungpyone, Mandalay)

SEPTEMBER – TAWTHALIN

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September - Tawthalin

This is a month of Boat Racingfestival, this festival displays not only speed but also skill and grace of boatmen.

- PhaungDawOo Pagoda Festival

OCTOBER – THADINGYUT

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Festival of Lights

This month, young people pay respect to their older people by the act of Kadaw with small gifts like candles,fruits and cakes.

  • Thadingyut Festival of Lights (nation wide)
  • Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival (Kyaukse,
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  • Shwezigon Festival (Bagan)

NOVEMBER – TAZAUNGMONE

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Lights and Kahtein Offerings Festival

Kahtein : Buddha  Images are offered robes which are woven timely between sunset & sunrise. 

  • Tazaungdine Festival of Lights (nation wide)
  • Kyaikhtiyo ,Golden Rock
    (Kyaikhto, Mon State)
  • KahteinThingan (Yellow Robe) Weaving
    Festival (nation wide) y)

DECEMBER – NADAW

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Nat Festival

Ritual feasts in honour of Nats, traditional family gods, are celebrated.

  • 9000 Lighting of Candles (KoeHtatGyi
    Pagoda, Yangon)
  • Kayin New Year Day
  • Christmas Day