Myanmar Festivals

Here is the 2017 Myanmar festival calendar. Dates and places of each festival are described, when you click.

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Naga New Year Festival

Numerous Naga tribes spread throughout the north-western hills of Myanmar. Most of the Naga are from the Chin State. But the festival place falls in the Sagaing Division, next to the Chin State.
 

Taungpyone Sprits Festival

The Nats (spirits) are believed to be super natural powerful beings, stated between the gods and the spiritual beings. Most of the Myanmar people worship the Nats as a religious belief. The Nat Pwe is usually held for three days. The first day is for the Summoning the Nats. This spirits festival is one of the most interested events for tourists, where believers go yearly to Taung Pyone (Mt. Pyone), which is the home of the spirits.
 

Thingyan Water Festival

It is believed that water festival washes away sins and welcomes the New Year. The water festival represents the most popular, raucous and colorful celebration of the year for more than 120 million people who will abandon any thoughts of work and bring their nations to a standstill.
 

Kachin Manaw Festival

Kachin is one of the states which has a delightful festival known as Manaw. Kachin, the hill people or the Scots of Myanmar, celebrate Manaw festival.
 

Thanakha Grinding Festival

Thanakha is a cream or make up obtained by grinding Thanakha tree's bark. Females use it as a protection against heat as well as a decoration. However, it is not unusual to see males also wearing them. Thanakha grinding event in Sittwe is a traditional event held on the eve of Water Festival i.e. Thingyan.
 

Ananda Pagoda Festival

Symbolizing the limitless wisdom of Buddha, there is a month long sanctified festival for the temple Ananda, the most beautiful one out of 2000 holy monuments in Bagan, Myanmar. It is usually falls on January every year.
 

Kason Watering Festival

It is the season water in all ponds, lakes and creeks reduces to its lowest level. During the month of Kason the length of the day is longer and the night is shorter. People of Myanmar regard the month of Kason as Taurus season and the sign of the zodiac is a ball.
 

Htamane Festival

Htamane festival is held between February and March, throughout the whole country. It is made of sticky rice and sesame seeds.
 

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

One of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images.
 

Maha Myat Muni Pagoda Festival

This festival falls on the full moon day of Thabodwe. This festival usually lasts for 2 days. 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
 

Thadingyut Lighting Festival

Thadingyut is a seven-month of Myanmar calendar and the end of lent. Three days of lights festival, namely the day before full moon, the full moon day and the days after. Illuminations are there
 

Salone Festival

Salone festival is usually held during the month of February. The festival is at Majungalet Village on Bocho Island near Lampi Island in Myeik, Tanintharyi Division. It is celebrated every year, to promote tourism in acquaintance with Salon and Myeik Archipelago as one of the tourism attractions for International Market.
 

Elephant Dance Festival

Dancing Elephant Festival is also another famous festival in Myanmar. It is held in Kyaukse, near Mandalay. It is a marvellous performance of two men together to dance in rhythm. A huge elephant figure is made from bamboo and paper. Men take their places inside the figure and dance around the town to the accompaniment of Dobat and Drums.
 

Shwedagon Pagoda Festival

The festival of the Shwedagon Pagoda is celebrated on the fullmoon day of Tauaung (March) every year. Many people in the country contributes funds for the repairing and a great number of people pay homage every day. There are many festivals throughout the year.
 

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival

The Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival is a special festival of lights celebration. On the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut, locals offer the lighting of 9000 candles and 9000 flowers to the Biuddha. On the next morning, rice, sweets and other snacks are offered.
 

Kakku Pagoda Festival

infoOn the full moon day of Tabaung (March) which is the last month of the Myanmar lunar calendar, Kakku Pagoda festival takes place. Normally the festival will begin two or three days in advance for this is not just a religious festival but also a social occasion. It is the time for all to have fun, exchange news and gossips, to trade.
 

Matho Thingan (Yellow Robe) Weaving Festival

This festival of Tazaungmone is an auspicious time for offering of yellow robes to the monks. The Buddha’s mother, reincarnated as a god in Tavatimsa, perceived from her heavenly abode that her son would soon be discarding, the royal robes and wearing a monk’s garments.
 

Shwe U Min Pagoda Festival

Pindaya Shwe Oo Min cave Pagoda festival is held on and around fullmoon day of Tabaung as well. It starts seven days before the full moon day.
 

Hot Air Balloon Festival

On this 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,
 

Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival

 
Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival is one of the most significant Pagoda festival in Upper Myanmar. It is 36 miles from Magwe to the Mann Shwe Settaw which is also well known as Mann footprint across Ayeyawaddy river bridge, Magwe.
 

The Equestrian Festival

The Equestrian Festival
Culture is the measure by which the progress of a nation or country is rated. Although material prosperity is the basic essential factor in all-round national development it is in culture that all modes of progress co nsummate; while the standard of living attests material prosperity cultural achievement epitomizes all human refinements. Myanmar is a country rich in natural resources and as a nation in the modern world, her material prosperity is yet to be achieved. But her cultural attainment has reached a certain advanced stage of progress, as proved by her expressions in all media of traditional arts.